Winged Victory Charm artist Kay Frances Mixon
Matt Roberts, Director of Communications
Phone: (602) 542-2228
WHO: Sculptor of the exclusive Winged Victory charm, Kay Frances Mixon
WHAT: Meet the artist behind specially designed jewelry for the Arizona Capitol Museum.
WHERE: Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix
WHEN: Monday, December 5 @ 11:00 a.m.
WHY: A rare chance to meet a skilled artist, and hear them talk about their work.
The Arizona Capitol Museum literally looks up to Winged Victory, the statue that watches over us from atop the Capitol’s copper dome. It is a symbol of leadership and liberty, and all that our state strives to be. The task of recreating that beauty and authority in miniature takes an especially skilled artist, which is why it took 116 years for it to happen.
The AZCM’s new Winged Victory charm was crafted by renowned New Mexico based master designer Kay Frances Mixon, who dedicated her work “for all the people of Arizona”. This silver treasure is now available exclusively for purchase at the Arizona Capitol Museum Store, and online at: www.azcapitolgifts.com.
Ms. Mixon is coming to the AZCM on Monday December 5th, to meet the Capitol Community, talk about how her art is made, and show other examples from her 30 years as a jewelry designer. Over her long career Kay has created pieces for the King of Spain, World Series teams, as well as many corporate clients. While visiting the AZCM, she will take part in a special presentation of her Winged Victory figure, adding design sketches and an example of it to the museum’s collection of archived items.
The charm, just liked Winged Victory atop the dome, is based on a marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess Nike, which dates back to the 2nd century BC. The fundamental skills needed to make great sculpture haven’t changed since that time. Kay Francis Mixon’s art creates not only a connection to those ancient skills, but also brings Arizona into metaphorical contact with the forward-looking ideals of Greece’s foundational culture.
To arrange interviews with the AZCM, or request promotional images, please use the information below. Public information about the AZCM can be found at our website: www.azlibrary.gov/azcm and by calling 602-926-3620.