Dayton-Area Sculptor Virginia Krause Hess is to unveil her most-recent public display sculpture at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, an International tourist attraction, on Monday, July 21 at 10 AM.The sculpture, a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor, the Wright brother’s mechanic and creator of the unique engine which enabled Orville and Wilbur Wright to be able to achieve controlled, powered flight when no satisfactory engine was in existence at the time the Wright brothers were planning to make their historic flights.
The Taylor bust was donated to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force by the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), a non-profit organization created in 2002 to promote Taylor for his contributions to aviation, the United States and those who have followed in his footsteps. Taylor’s birthday, May 24, is celebrated as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.
The Charles Taylor bust is the second creation Ms Hess will have on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force after Monday’s unveiling. Her first sculpture on display at that location is a bronze bas relief of Zoe Dell Nutter, a benefactor to The National Aviation Hall of Fame.
In the Dayton area/region, Ms Hess has sculptures on public display at: The Dayton Children’s Hospital; Dave Hall Plaza; a Veterans Monument, which includes bronze sculptures depicting each of the five military services, located at Stubbs Park, Centerville, Ohio; Wright State University; Ohio State University; including at The National Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Taylor bust is to become the first aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the US. Air Force.
Her aviation-related sculptures on public display include the following locations: San Diego Air & Space Museum; Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center; the following American Airlines Maintenance Facilities: Kansas City, Tulsa, Alliance and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport; Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility at Love Field, TX; Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington; United Airlines Headquarters at O’Hare Airport, Chicago; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida; The United States Air Force Academy and in Le Mans, Sarthe, France.
During World War II, Ms Hess worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as an artist and while there, her duties included painting silhouettes of airplanes (some of which were reproduced on playing cards and books, etc.) to help U.S. citizens to identify domestic and/or foreign aircraft.
She has a gallery and studio in Centerville, Ohio, (which may be visited by appointment only). Her web site is www.vkhessartist.com
About Virginia Krause Hess:
Virginia Krause Hess has been an art student, art teacher and artist in the Dayton, Ohio area since she was 12-years-old and has her works both, in private collections, and on public display all over the world.
Born and raised locally, Ms. Hess has lived in the Dayton area all her life and while doing so attended and used scholarships from the School of the Dayton Art Institute and The Cincinnati Art Academy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Dayton.
Ms. Hess has sculptures on public display all over the world, including: The Smithsonian Institution, the United States Air Force Academy, and in Le Mans, Sarthe, France.
In the Dayton, Ohio area, Ms. Hess has sculptures on Public display at the Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dave Hall Plaza, Wright State University, Ohio State University and will soon have her second sculpture unveiled at the National Museum of the US Air Force, in Fairborn, OH.