La PORTE — The La Porte County Historical Society Museum will host an art exhibition of works by former La Porte resident Roland Hockett from June 8 until Oct. 5.
Hockett, born in La Porte and a 1956 graduate of La Porte High School, spent the majority of his career as an art professor at Gulf Coast College in Panama City, Florida. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and taught at La Porte High School for three years before moving to Florida.
Hockett has donated a number of items from his collection to the museum and the majority will be on display in this exhibit.
He has produced numerous paintings, sketches, and sculptures throughout his lifetime. His "Liberty" mural was originally installed at Costa Rica’s Juan Santa Maria International Airport. Other works have been installed in the Florida Supreme Court, Panama City Florida International Airport, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, among others.
Hockett’s sculpture ‘New Liberty III’ was accepted for installation in Spain’s Canary Islands; however, the September 11th attacks resulted in the sculpture being placed in Florida. Many more works have been placed with patrons, public institutions, and businesses throughout Florida, Costa Rica, Germany and the United States.
Hockett has won numerous awards and honors, and continues to produce artwork including copper sculptures, as well as engaging in experimentation in combining acrylic, carvings and copper.