August 8th, 2011

New Sculpture to Be Dedicated August 24 at UNM Cancer Center

By msequeira
Star Liana York's sculpture will stand as a new "symbol of hope"

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center has numerous pieces of art from some of the Southwest’s most prominent artists on display in and around its facility. On August, 24, 2011, the Center will dedicate the newest addition to this collection, a bronze sculpture titled Distant Thunder by Star Liana York. Distant Thunder was donated by Paul and Lucy Roth of Florida, collectors of York’s art. The dedication ceremony, an invitation-only event, is open to the press by prior arrangement with the Center contacts below.


About the sculpture

Distant Thunder is a bronze cast sculpture that stands a little over six foot high (exact measurements are 74 x 55 x 45”). It depicts an Apache woman carrying her child and preparing to face an unknown danger. The woman’s clothing and basket are rendered in historically accurate detail and her face is a study of resolve, resilience and strength. These qualities make Distant Thunder an ideal piece to honor and inspire patients, families and caregivers at the UNM Cancer Center. Collectors Paul and Lucy Roth, who donated the sculpture to the Center, emphasize the sense of hope they see in the piece: “Though the figure in Distant Thunder appears to be running away from danger, she can also be seen as looking to a better tomorrow—a fitting symbol of hope.”


Distant Thunder has been installed in a specially landscaped site at the main entrance of the UNM Cancer Center on Camino de Salud. The sculpture is located amid rocks, desert plants and running water, which together create an oasis of beauty and calm. Following the August 24 dedication, the piece will be on permanent display for all Center visitors to enjoy.


About the artist

Star Liana York is a prominent sculptor who lives and works in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Represented by galleries across the Southwest, she was named one of 30 most influential artists in the region by Southwest Art magazine. York focuses her work on the Southwest’s people and animals. She is well known for her horse sculptures, and was the artist commissioned to create the horse forms for the Trail of Painted Ponies exhibit. Her work has been featured on the cover of numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico and The Equine Image. York was honored in 1999 with a solo exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has shown her work in many galleries and museums. Read more about York and view photos of her work at


Dedication ceremony details

The dedication ceremony for Distant Thunder will be held at the UNM Cancer Center on Wednesday, August 24, at 4pm. The dedication is not open to the general public. Members of the press are invited to attend both the dedication ceremony and a special pre-ceremony press hour, held from 2 to 3pm at the UNM Cancer Center. Please make prior arrangements with the Center contacts listed below.


UNM Cancer Center contact information

Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 797-6673,

Audrey Manring, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0486,




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