Arkansas artist Kevin Kresse selected to design Johnny Cash statue for National Statuary Hall

Award-winning Arkansas scupltor and artist, Kevin Kresse, received the news this week that he had been chosen to design and create a Johnny Cash statue for the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Kresse is well-known in Arkansas and the city of North Little Rock in particular, for his art throughout the city’s downtown Argenta Arts District. Kresse designed and created the Mother Earth sculpture and fountain at 5th & Main Streets in North Little Rock, and dedicated it to his sister, Karen Kresse Stroud, who passed in 2009. He also created the “Illuminato” statue near the fountain, a “nod to the source of creativity and imagination,” according to his website.

A mural at 7th & Main Streets in North Little Rock depicting cyclists at the Big Dam Bridge and a “Dogtown Proud” mural at 400 Main Street in North Little Rock nodding to North Little Rock’s historic nickname, were commissioned 2020-2021 as part of the Argenta Mural Project, spearheaded by local businessman John Gaudin and sponsored by local organizations like the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Kresse keeps an artist studio at St. Joseph Center of Arkansas at 6800 Camp Robinson Road, where you can also see his “St. Fiacre” statue he created for the historic grounds. For more information about Kresse and his work, visit his website.

You can find all of Kevin’s work in North Little Rock, as well as 56 other local landmarks and art, in the North Little Rock scavenger hunt.