Glass-and-Limestone Sculptor Damian Priour dies at 61; Native Texan Noted for Monuments and Community Involvement

by Bill Davenport September 16, 2011

Travis County Sculptor Damian Priour died Wednesday after a years-long struggle with cancer. He was 61. Priour’s symbolically abstract glass and limestone sculptures adorn the Austin Convention Center and the grounds of Laguna Gloria. On the boards of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, the Austin Museum of Art, Hamilton Pool Road Scenic Corridor Coalition, the Hill Country Alliance and Ballet Austin, Priour was known for supporting the arts and artists. In 2008 he started the Texas Chair Project, making 100 small chairs that he sent, unannounced, to 100 Texas artists he admired, inviting them to make a small chair of their own design in return, to benefit environmental causes.

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