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FUMC Art Collection

Many exquisite works of art grace the FUMC Fort Worth campus, often in surprising and unusual ways. These are all gifts to the church from benefactors throughout First Church history, and are wonderful examples of the legacy of commitment to giving time, treasure and talents in support of our church and its ministries. For more information on the art collection of our church, or to schedule a tour, please contact Lamar Smith ( at 817/339-3886.

“Christ Rising” by Frederick Hart
Frederick Hart (1943-1999) is considered one of American’s premier sculptors. He is recognized for his use of realistic human form in his works. During his short lifetime, he not only created works of great beauty, he created a visual language that rekindled hope and nurtured our collective yearning for beauty and spirituality. Some of his most noted works include The Creation Sculptures, in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; The Vietnam Memorial, Three Soldiers, in Washington D.C., The Cross of the Millennium, presented to Pope John Paul II and Daughters of Odessa which is at the private residence of his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, in his private garden at Highgrove and a cast acrylic of Daughters of Odessa is on view at The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The body of work he created over more than twenty years heralds a new age for contemporary art, “one in which figurative beauty, embodiment of values, and spiritual enlightenment are the ways in which we measure significance.”
The statue is on permanent display in the new Columbarium, Daphne Motheral-Jose and Dwayne Jose donated the statue to the church in memory of several of their family members. We are so grateful for their generous gift.



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