Few self-professed accidental artists manage to achieve as much as the prolific sculptor Jerry Mckenna. Abandoning his art degree to pursue a career in the Air Force, he failed to discover his penchant for sculpture until his 42nd birthday. Thirty years later, his talent for the medium is better than ever, and he continues to push that talent even higher.
Mckenna’s work is rooted in history, and the 17 busts he sculpted of pro football players gracing the Pro Football Hall of Fame ensure his work is already historical. Nevertheless, some of his best work is permanently installed at his beloved Notre Dame – not to mention his Comiskey in Chicago, several historical churches, or the military bases. You can earn a lot of frequent-flyer miles touring to see all of Mckenna’s installations.
Stevens Art Foundry has cast all of Mckenna’s sculptures, and most recently some of his Notre Dame figures including Edward Walter Moose Krause – A.K.A. Mr. Notre Dame. Other notable works of McKenna’s at Notre Dame include life-size sculptures of Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, and Knute Rockney.