Detail View: Emanuel Martinez Collection: Memorial to a hero

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Work Title (display): 
Memorial to a hero
Image Title: 
full view
Work Description: 
In depth account of the Colorado Soldier J. P. Martinez life story and the sculpture Manuel Martinez was commissioned to create in his honor. Sculpture information: Joe P. Martinez Memorial, bronze on granite and concrete, 1987, 18 ft. (H), westside grounds of the State Capitol Building in Denver, Colorado.
Work Dates (display): 
July 13, 1988
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Work Creator (display): 
Emanuel Martinez (American, born 1947)
Work Creator notes (display): 
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, Emanuel Martinez began his career as an artist at the age of thirteen, when he painted his first mural. His art education includes workshops with world renowned artists and sculptors including David A. Siquieros and Francisco Zuniga. At the age of 20, Emanuel did a major work and two other pieces that are now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. As a muralist, painter and sculptor he occupies an outstanding status among nationally known artists. Since establishing a studio in 1968, Martinez has received international acclaim and prestigious awards for his design capabilities and high standards of workmanship. He enjoys personalizing compositions for clients and doing public works of art for site-specific environments. His work is lively, timeless, yet conveys a sense of serenity. He has been featured in over 300 newspaper/magazine articles and 37 published books, including a book written on his art career entitled: “Emanuel Martinez: A Retrospective”.
Work Creator (display): 
The Denver Catholic Register (newspaper published in Denver, CO)
Work Creator notes (display): 
The Denver Catholic was first published in Denver, Colorado by F. J. Kramer beginning in 1900 under the name The Denver Catholic Register. The newspaper continued under that name until 2014. (
Work Creator (display): 
James Baca (American, active early 1970s to present)
Work Creator notes (display): 
James Baca was born and raised in Denver by a single mother in the projects. He attended North High School and then served in the Air Force. Upon his return, he attended the Community College of Denver, where his photography career began. Baca started doing freelance photography for small papers at the time. In 1973, he joined the staff of La Voz. In 1980, he began to work with the Denver Catholic Register. Throughout his career, Baca has rubbed elbows with not only the Pope and Mother Teresa, but also with the activists and heroes of the Chicano Movement. Much of his present work consists of providing photographs for countless non-profit organizations and events.
Work Creator (display): 
Harv Bishop (American, active late 1980s to present)
Work Creator Multiple Roles (display): 
author: Harv Bishop; photographer: James Baca; artist: Emanuel Martinez; publisher: The Denver Catholic Register
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Work Subject: 
Martinez, Emanuel (American sculptor and painter, born 1947)
Work Subject: 
Joe P. Martinez Memorial (Emanuel Martinez sculpture)
Work Subject: 
sculpture (visual works)
Work Subject: 
public art
Work Subject: 
Work Subject: 
Colorado State Capitol (Denver, CO)
Work Subject: 
Martinez, Joe P. (U.S. Army soldier, 1920 to 1943)
Work Subject: 
Hispanic Americans
Work Subject: 
Colorado history
Work Subject: 
history (discipline)
Work Worktype: 
clippings (information artifacts)
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Work Location (Geographic) name: 
Denver, Colorado
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Work Location (Geographic) name: 
Attu Island, Alaska
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Work Rights (display): 
© The Denver Catholic Register
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Holding Institution: 
University of Colorado Boulder
Art and Art History Visual Resources Center
Emanuel Martinez Collection
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