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Jesus Moroles dead; Sculptor and National Medal of the Arts recipient was 64

JARELL, Texas - Texas sculptor and National Medal of the Arts recipient Jesus Moroles has died in a traffic accident.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Moroles was killed Monday night in a wreck in Jarrell, 30 miles north of Austin.

DPS said Wednesday that Moroles was northbound on Interstate 35 when the van he was driving rear-ended a tractor-trailer rig. Moroles, who lived and worked in Rockport, died at the scene. The trucker wasn't hurt.

President George W. Bush in 2008 awarded Moroles, who specialized in granite, the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony.

His 1987 artwork, "Lapstrake," is in New York City near the Museum of Modern Art.

Moroles also did the Houston Police Officers' Memorial, plus had exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art.


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