The likeness of one of Hamline University’s greatest coaches, Joe
Hutton, Sr., will be a permanent fixture in the athletic arena that
bears his name, Hutton Arena.
Recently, as Hamline celebrated its
basketball greats and Hamline's three national championship basketball
teams, President Linda Hanson and Vice President of Development and
Alumni Relations Tony Grundhauser welcomed Hutton family members for the
unveiling of the bust of legendary basketball coach, Joe Hutton, Sr.
bust, although commissioned by Hamline, was created at the suggestion
of Gordon Walker, class of '51, to match the bust of his father, Lloyd
Walker, in Hamline's Walker Fieldhouse and to honor the father of his
dear friend, Joe Hutton, Jr., who also graduated from Hamline in 1951.
his 35 years as the head men's basketball coach at Hamline, Joe Hutton,
Sr. posted an overall record of 591-207. His teams won 19 conference
titles, all three of Hamline's national championships, and were three
time runners-up. The university celebrates this Hamline legend with a
bronze bust, made in his likeness, which will be a permanent fixture in
the athletic arena that bears his name - Hutton Arena.
Hutton's countenance, local artist Jane Frees-Kluth worked from digital
images from Hamline's archives. Surrounding herself with these images,
Freees-Kluth created a work of art that captures the strength,
fortitude, and quiet commanding nature of this longtime Hamline
basketball coach and local hero. More on the artist
Frees-Kluth, a Minneapolis resident and 1991 Minneapolis College of Art
and Design graduate has been creating sculptures around the Twin Cities
for 20 years. She has taught many sculpture workshops and lecture
series, has had a number of prominent commissions, and has created more
than a dozen portraits of people which reside in public and private