IRVING – The North Lake College library is now home to a 32-piece art collection by the late Mike Harlow,
former North Lake College art student.
“I received a phone call one day from Mike’s
wife, Carrie, asking me if I would like to display his artwork in the
library,” said Dr.
Enrique Chamberlain, head librarian at North
Lake College. “I was thrilled at the invit
ation and when Carrie showed
up at North Lake
with a van full of sculptures, I knew the art
was going to be well received and loved by the students and staff at
The artwork features bronze busts of former
U.S. Presidents, public figures and Texas heroes. After Harlow passed
away in August 2003,
his pieces had been wrapped up and housed in a
barn. Mrs. Harlow, who had met her husband while taking a sculpting
class at North Lake
College in the 1980s, decided that the
artwork needed to be out in the open and couldn’t think of a more
deserving place than North Lake.
“It felt right to bring Mike’s artwork to
North Lake College,” said Mrs. Harlow. “He would love that the students
and staff here can
enjoy his work. We have a lot of great
memories of being students at North Lake. He would like that a piece of
him is still here.”
The Harlow family has invested a lot of time
into the college. Not only did they meet on campus, Harlow also taught a
service class in sculpting and the Harlow’s
daughter, Veronica, attended North Lake last year.
One of the greatest honors Harlow received
for his art was the acceptance of a bust he created of former President
Ronald Reagan to
the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and
Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan accepted
the bust as a gift
and has displayed it in the library. A copy
of the letter Harlow received from Mrs. Reagan is presented with his
artwork in the North
Lake College library.
A reception was held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to reveal the new display at North Lake College.
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