Richard Tucker ’59 is McMurry Homecoming Alumni Artist

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:39 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The Amy Graves Ryan Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce the 2015 Homecoming alumni artist sculptor Richard Tucker ’59. Tucker’s exhibition “Spirit of the Wild and the West” will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from October 1-9 and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 in the Amy Graves Ryan Gallery. A Homecoming Alumni Artist reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, in the Ryan Gallery.


Born in Gorman Texas and moving frequently before the first grade, Tucker began making his own toys and whittling a variety of things out of white pine and selling them for as little as a quarter at school. Living near old Fort Griffin Tucker as a young boy with three brothers fostered a love for history, the outdoors and wildlife. Growing up, they would play for hours on end outside; Cowboys and Indians or Army (As World War II was happening) were favorites with Tucker creating all the proper accoutrements including tomahawks, tanks, and airplanes. He loved to carve and continued to do so along with adding in drawing lessons in secondary school. 

He discovered clay during his tenure at McMurry University where he also came across one of his biggest inspirations: Charles M. Russell-the noted Western artist. After graduating from McMurry in 1959, Tucker went to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and received his Master of Theology degree in 1962. He works as a pastor in addition to creating his sculptures. Tucker has participated in numerous juried art exhibitions all over the country. He has been artist in residence at Sylvan Lake Resort in Custer State Park, South Dakota for fifteen years. 

The Tuckers live in Custer, South Dakota where his studio faces National Forrest land. Visit his website at


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