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UA Alumni Donate Sculpture by Arizona Artist to University Libraries

"The Newsboy" by James Muir
"The Newsboy" by James Muir

Date: March 16, 2010

Contact: Laura Bender


The University Libraries at the University of Arizona (UA) announce the receipt of “The Newsboy,” a life-sized sculpture donated to the Libraries by UA alumni Linda and David Turner of California. A dedication reception is planned for March 16, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library to announce the gift.

The dedication reception coincides with the anniversary of James Madison's birthday. Madison, traditionally viewed as the Father of the United States Constitution, is also seen by many as a defender of open government. For the Turners, the message of truth in “The Newsboy” echoes a foundational library principle of ensuring free and equitable access to information – an essential component of democratic society.

Titled “The Newsboy,” the bronze sculpture features a newsboy hawking a newspaper bannering the headline “Truth!” Sculpted by artist James Muir, “The Newsboy” is valued at about $35,000. The work is permanently mounted on the northwest side of the Main Library’s main entrance.

“The Newsboy” is 5’10” tall and weighs 200 pounds. It is one of 12 life-size editions of the sculpture that the Sedona-based artist produced in 1994. ABC News Commentator Paul Harvey bought one of the other editions and had it installed at his headquarters in Chicago.

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