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Info Graphic with photos and details of the Art Talk event featuring David Deming and his sculpture work.

ART TALK with Sculptor David Deming on April 27 at 3pm

The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center is proud to host ART TALK, a conversation and reception with the artist David Deming, the former Dean of the College of Fine Arts and a member of the University of Texas art faculty for 26 years who has a new exhibition of sculptural works on display in our galleries....

April 11, 2022April 11, 2022
Burnt orange graphic for the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign.

40 Hours for The Forty Acres Fundraising Campaign

As some of you may already know, The Stark Center serves as the official repository for the preservation of the UT Athletics’ archives, in addition to housing one of world’s most important libraries related to health, fitness and physical culture. The Stark Center’s holding related to UT sports includes more than 300 boxes of materials...

March 24, 2022March 24, 2022
Jack Shanks’ Lifting Belt and Vest Donated To The Stark Center

Jack Shanks’ Lifting Belt and Vest Donated To The Stark Center

On Monday 8 May 1972, Jack Shanks, wearing a short sleeve shirt, tie, pants, and dress shoes, lifted the Dinnie Stones with his bare hands, the first to do so since Scottish sport superstar Donald Dinnie himself lifted the stones in 1860. Even more impressive is that Jack Shanks only weighed 161lbs (73kgs) when he...

March 2, 2022March 2, 2022

Here’s to the Students!

Because of the pandemic and that stagnant period of time before vaccines were available, I (like most people) suffer from an affliction where I occasionally find it difficult to differentiate between the year 2020 and 2021. For nearly seventeen months, The Stark Center, as a physical space, was closed to the general public as well...

December 20, 2021September 30, 2022
Plaster Cast, 8-foot-tall, Ricky Williams

“Big Ricky” Comes to The Stark Center and Other New Artifacts

Last month, The Stark Center opened a new exhibit featuring sculptures by David Deming and Michael Deming. It’s called Degrees of Fitness / Sporting Bodies; if this is the first you’ve heard about it, click the title for more detailed information about the exhibit. I highly encourage everyone to make a trip to The Stark...

November 5, 2021November 5, 2021
John Davis, Jim Bradford, Norbert Schemansky, and Paul Anderson of the US Weightlifting Team stand behind a barbell.

STRONGMAN PROJECT Celebrates the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo by Looking Back at the Golden Age of American Weightlifting

According to weightlifting historian John Fair, the Golden Age of American Weightlifting was defined as the period from 1945 to 1960. It was a time when American athletes regularly populated the podiums of international weightlifting competitions. In fact, counting from the Paris World Championships in 1946 through the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the United...

July 23, 2021July 23, 2021
Mark Henry

Celebrate Juneteenth with Mark Henry at The Strongman Project

In celebration of tomorrow’s Juneteenth holiday, I’ve published a new Feature over at The Strongman Project all about the life and strength career of Mark Henry. In a 2009 blog post titled “Broad Shoulders,” Terry Todd explains his detailed method for accurately measuring the width of Mark Henry’s shoulders. In the post’s final sentence, he...

June 18, 2021June 18, 2021