A Biography in Sculpture


The Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana is current presenting The Tuck Langland Collection: A Biography in Sculpture.  This exhibition includes Tuck’s sculptures, drawings, and photos of his public sculptures along with the books he wrote about sculptures, his maquettes, and other ephemera.

The Tuck Langland Collection at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana

Their collection contains a sampling of Tuck’s work from undergraduate years to the present and tries to tell his life’s story using his sculptures.  The exhibition ends July 28.

The museum has produced a 62-page illustrated catalog to accompany the exhibition.  It is available at the museum, or you can order it by phone.  Midwest Museum of American Art: (574)293-6660.


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First National Ernie Pyle Day Celebration


A veteran types with Ernie Pyle at the first National Ernie Pyle Day celebration at Indiana University in Bloomington.  As part of the event, Tuck stood by his 2014 sculpture, Ernie Pyle at Work, to explain it and answer questions.

Both Indiana senators, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Todd Young, introduced the idea of a national Ernie Pyle Day.  In December 2017, the resolution passed unanimously.    Continue reading

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Visiting an Old Friend

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After attending the National Ernie Pyle Day celebration at Indiana University, Tuck checked on his sculpture of former president Herman B Wells.  The university does a perfect job of keeping it cleaned and polished.

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Notable Achievement Award

John Coleman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, just announced that Tuck has been selected to receive the Alumni of Notable Achievement award at a ceremony in June.  Only one percent of CLA alumni are chosen for this distinction.

The dean cited “your 39-year career as a respected professor of sculpture and your prolific and highly-decorated creation of art” as the reason for this award.

Next year is the CLA’s 150thanniversary.  Tuck received his BA in 1961 and MFA in 1964 at the University of Minnesota.

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Summer Shows to Visit

Tuck’s solo sculpture exhibition, “Maquette to Monument,” at the Lafayette (IN) Museum of Art opens May 11 and closes September 2, 2018.

Near the art museum is the Haan Museum of Indiana Art.  Visit their sculpture garden to see more of Tuck’s figurative bronze sculptures.

Tuck’s head of Pontius Pilate is part of the National Sculpture Society’s 84thannual exhibition on display at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The show runs August 4 through October 29, 2018.

Detail of Tuck Langland’s sculpture of Pontius Pilate.

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Reading & Book Signing


Tuck Langland held an exhibition called “Surprise,” which featured his abstract sculpture, despite his being a figurative artist.

Now, for an even bigger surprise, how about something which isn’t even sculpture? Tuck’s latest effort is a book he wrote called Fifty Fables for Fun, Fantasy, and Filosophy. It is, yes, Fifty Fables, short pieces with a moral, in the spirit of Aesop, but ranging much farther in space and time. They come from prehistoric times, from the middle ages, the 18th century, and of course from our times, plus one from far in the future about a planet where the most intelligent life is moss. There’s even one about a guy who becomes a leopard.

Some are funny, some outlandish, some are frightening and sobering.  Some viewthe sweep of life, and some are … well, you have to read them.

Tuck himself will be reading from the book on April 6, First Friday, at Fire Arts, 305 E. Colfax in South Bend. The reading will begin at 6:00 and copies of the book will be available. Usually they sell for $15 but at the reading they are a steal at $10 each.


When a good offer comes along, take it.

(Written by the artist himself, who minored in creative writing all those years ago.)


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The More You Look, the More You See

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Heswall Sarcophagus is from Tuck Langland’s Sarcophagus Series of sculptures.

People who have followed Tuck’s career for many decades recently got a new look into his thinking at the solo show, Surprise! Abstract Sculptures by Tuck Langland. The exhibition will continue at Fire Arts in downtown South Bend, Indiana until the end of February.

Although the sculptures look abstract, they are based on something in our visual world. The Violin Woman Series compares women to violins.

The Sarcophagus Series imagines that the human body sits on the outside of the coffin, and the soft parts have eroded away, leaving bony protuberances that create a landscape form.

The Landscape Relief cast in aluminum shows a bird’s eye view of a highway cut into a hilly landscape.

A wavy river of steel surrounded by welded arcs shows the City of South Bend that developed around the Saint Joseph River. This was a maquette for Ring Ribbons, Tuck’s first sculpture for Indiana University South Bend.

The more you look, the more you see.

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Ice Sculpture Festival in Dowagiac, MI

IMG_0544The Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce sent out this photo showing Tuck’s sculpture, Solitude, framed by a wreath of ice during the Annual Ice Sculpture Festival last weekend.

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Season’s Greetings to All


After this sculpture was unveiled, four hundred people came forward

to link hands with the sculpture and with one another

while Tuck led us in singing We Shall Overcome.   If we could bottle that

feel-good community moment, there would be

Peace on Earth.

Our Christmas wish for everyone is a happy family, a fair workplace, a caring community, and a reunited nation.

May your heart be happy in the new year.

Janice & Tuck Langland



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Sculpture on the Op-Ed Page!

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Tuck’s most recent public sculpture was used as a symbol of commitment to the struggle for equal justice in Saturday’s South Bend Tribune op ed piece. In the photo, robed judges stand on both sides of the sculpture. The article explained that “members of the state and federal judiciary in St. Joseph County gathered on September 7th to show their commitment to equal justice and civil rights.” The op ed piece was written by two of the county judges.

The sculpture depicts Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1967. It was installed this past June in the Equality and Justice area of South Bend, Indiana. It stands across from the courthouse on Main Street.

The late Father Hesburgh was president of the University of Notre Dame, which is in South Bend. He worked with all presidents from Eisenhower to Obama on many issues, especially civil rights.

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