Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week presented Dr Helaine Blumenfeld with an honorary OBE.
Dr Blumenfeld - an American citizen, based between the UK and Italy - has been sculpting in marble and bronze for over 45 years. She has been exhibited alongside Henry Moore and Constantin Brancusi, as well as in a wide range of solo and group shows across the world. She has created over 50 large-scale commissions for the public and private sector alike and has exhibited widely both in Britain and across the globe. In 2007 she became the first ever woman to win the coveted Italian “Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo” award.
In 2004 she was elected Vice President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, an independent artist led organisation that promotes high professional and creative standards among sculptors/artists and is committed to making the full range of contemporary practice accessible to all.
Presenting the award on behalf of HM The Queen, Jeremy Hunt acknowledged Dr Blumenfeld’s “significant contribution to the arts in the UK,” hailing her as “one of the boldest and most diverse artists working today.”
Dr Blumenfeld was presented with the award at the House of Commons, accompanied by her family.