Father Jacques Marquette Finally
Arrives at Marquette University
Friday, Sept. 23, 2005
University today dedicated a sculpture of the university's namesake,
Father Jacques Marquette, S.J. The bronze statue, standing
8 feet 2 inches tall and weighing nearly 3,000 pounds, sits
upon a base of cranberry dolomite limestone on the Central Mall,
behind the Raynor Memorial Libraries.
A 17th-century French, Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father
Marquette committed his life to spreading Christianity and,
with French trader Louis Joliet and a Native American guide,
explored the western Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi
The sculpture was created by Ron Knepper, who has exhibited
his work internationally and has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner
Grant and a Master's Fellowship. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind.,
Knepper resides in New York City and is a part-time instructor
at Parson's School of Design.
The sculpture was made possible by a gift from John and Mary
Madden. John Madden received a degree in Business Administration
from Marquette in 1956 and is a member of the Board of Trustees.
The installation coincides with the celebration of the end
of the seven-year Magis campaign. Magis was the most
successful fundraising campaign in the history of the university,
raising more than $350 million for Marquette.
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