Black bear carving complete

completed bear 1After four days, the buzz of the chainsaw is over, but the buzz around campus continues. A sculpture of a black bear outside Wingo Hall is now complete.

Gary Keenan, a sculptor from Iowa, began shaping a tree into a life-sized black bear on Monday, May 6. He finished on Thursday, May 9.

UCA students, faculty, staff, and alums, along with local media and community members visited the work site each day to watch Keenan’s progression on the carving.

To see images of Keenan’s progression on the carving, please visit Also, a time lapsed video will be posted on the UCA YouTube site.

Keenan is an accomplished artist, having carved animals, people, plants, and objects for individuals and groups throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2007, he was invited to participate in the “Sculptree”/Westonbirt Festival of the Tree in England. Only 20 wood sculptors were invited, and Keenan was the only American. For more information about Keenan, visit