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E. Spencer Schubert

E. Spencer Schubert (also known as E.S. Schubert) is an American artist and sculptor known for his busts and monumental sculpture.[1] He has created monuments for universities, including a sculpture of football coach Bill Snyder for Kansas State University[2] and the sculpture Sacred Heart of Jesus for Benedictine College.[3][4]

E. Spencer Schubert
Edward Spencer Schubert
Alma materUniversity of Kansas (B.F.A.)
Known forBusts, monumental sculpture


Schubert initially trained as a silversmith before becoming interested in sculpture while studying at the University of Kansas.[1] After graduating, he spent "three to four years working in a basement perfecting the skill of making clay look like people" before launching his studio.[1] Since 2011, he has sculpted a majority of the new inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians.[1]

Schubert has cited the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin as a significant influence on his style.[5] When sculpting real persons, Schubert studies the personalities of his subjects to learn about the "undefinable things that have nothing to do with the length of his femur."[2]

He is interested in Stoicism and has created a series of busts of Stoic philosophers including Seneca the Younger.[6]


Schubert's busts for the Hall of Famous Missourians include sculptures of plaintiff Dred Scott, Negro league baseball coach Buck O'Neil, radio host Rush Limbaugh, and science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein.[1]

He was at the center of controversy when, in 2012, he was hired to sculpt the politically-charged Limbaugh. Schubert received "700 angry messages of some sort" condemning him for creating the sculpture and "assuming he was an advocate of Limbaugh's."[2] In response, he criticized the idea that artists cannot create portraits of figures with whom they disagree, saying that "if it were left to sculptors to choose who was honored with portraits, the entire history of portraiture would look dramatically different."[7] The bust is on display in the Missouri State Capitol.[8]

In 2013, Kansas State University unveiled Schubert's 1,800-pound bronze sculpture of football coach Bill Snyder, which stands at the entrance of Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.[9] The university uses the statue to host endurance competitions in which students must touch the statue continuously for 31 hours.[10]

Schubert's 2016 sculpture Sacred Heart of Jesus, created for Benedictine College, was modeled on the Shroud of Turin and depicts fourteen folds representing the Stations of the Cross.[3] In 2018, he was hired by Fort Smith, Arkansas to create a sculpture of jurist Isaac Parker, education advocate John Carnall and Mother Superior Mary Teresa Farrell.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Casting Legends: KC sculptor commemorating famous Missourians". The Missouri Times. December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gregorian, Vahe (August 31, 2013). "The Bill Snyder represented in K-State sculpture exists in fans' hearts". Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Benedictine College Enthrones Sacred Heart". The Gregorian Institute. October 31, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Building one of the great Catholic colleges in America". Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Profile: E. Spencer Schubert". Think KC. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Stoics Series". Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rush Limbaugh's bust is enshrined in Missouri's Capitol, but sculptor E. Spencer Schubert is ready to move on". Kansas City Pitch. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Rush Limbaugh Bust on Display in State Capitol". OZARKSFIRST. May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Robinett, Kellis (August 30, 2013). "Snyder statue highlights Kansas State stadium dedication". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kansas State is holding a bizarre endurance contest for a trip to the Stanford game". For The Win. April 28, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Model of Judge Parker sculpture for park unveiled". Talk Business & Politics. December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2018.