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Carthage Military Leader Inspiration for "Hannibal" Exhibit at Creighton University

A helmet scaled to the size of a giant begins to tell the story of the historical Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca, who is the inspiration for an exhibit of artworks by Creighton sculpture professor Littleton Alston.

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The show opens Feb. 1, in the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University The exhibit, titled “Hannibal,” runs through Feb. 28 with a reception Feb. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Alston will host a gallery talk from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 8. All events are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Alston says this body of work draws upon his fascination with Hannibal’s audacious courage, his tenacity and his brilliance as a military tactician.

“Assembling an army to avenge the death of his father, forging a path through the Alps astride his elephant Surus and defeating Rome in every battle waged – today one can only imagine the havoc once wreaked by Hannibal and his forces when looking out from the hills above the peaceful Tiber Valley in Umbria. I chose the helmet, scaled for the heads of giants, as my emissary from past to present, and as allegory,” said Alston.

Alston’s sculptures are included in public and private collections throughout the country, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His artwork ranges from classical figurative bronze sculptures to stainless steel abstract works. Some of Alston’s recent public art commissions include sculptures for Werner Park in Papillion, Dreamland Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Omaha, the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln and the World Food Prize Foundation Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

He designed theater sets for plays by Constance Congdon staged at the 2012 and 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conferences in Omaha. Littleton has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Martine Vaugel Studio in France, and most recently, at the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy.

He holds a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rinehart Graduate School of Sculpture in Baltimore.

The exhibit is funded in part by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund and anonymous sources.

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