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Larger than life

sabra tull meyer

Columbia artist Sabra Tull Meyer, BA ’49, MA ’79, MFA ’82, spent the winter in her studio completing several sculptures for the newly renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts at 203 S. Ninth St. Photo by Benjamin Reed

Over the past 30 years, sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer has created more than her share of larger-than-life bronze figures and sold them to art lovers all over the country. Several busts of famous Missourians, including a recent one of game-show host Bob Barker, appear in Missouri’s Capitol. Others — Sen. Kit Bond, Gen. Odon Guitar, Walter Williams — grace campus buildings.

Her current project is playing out in a temple to the larger-than-life movie stars she grew up with in the Missouri Theatre at 203 S. Ninth St. Meyer, BA ’49, MA ’79, MFA ’82, recalls attending eight or nine showings of Gone With the Wind and taking her sketchbook to draw Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses. In her work for the theater, now called the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, Meyer is creating panels for a wall that will name donors to the newly renovated facility. The center will soon be home to the Columbia Art League, the Missouri Symphony Society and other local groups.

Spaced among panels of donor names inscribed by local artist Kate Gray, Meyer’s panels will feature sculpted arms that hold real musical instruments. Another of the panels is of the muse, an elaborate art deco rendering with long curly hair, leaves and other details.

The 54-foot wall will be dedicated May 28, 2008.