Client: University of Kentucky
Location: Lexington, KY, United States
Completion date: 2016
Artwork budget: $360,000
J Brett Grill
Casting Arts and Technology
University of Kentucky Athletic Department
University of Kentucky
This project honors Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg, the first four black athletes in the Southeastern Conference. The four men played on scholarship for the University of Kentucky in the late 1960s. They are depicted over life-size in bronze, taking the field in unison.
The commissioned artwork accompanied the opening of a new football practice facility in 2016 and stands as a reminder of the triumphs of African American student-athletes on campus and across the nation.