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educator , sculptor , writer

Frank Eliscu was an American sculptor and art teacher.


Mr. Eliscu was born on July 13, 1912 in New York, United States. He was a son of Charles Henry and Florence (Kane) Eliscu.


Frank Eliscu graduated from Pratt Institute in 1931 and from New York Teacher's College in 1942. He was awarded a permanent teaching certificate in 1944.


In 1941, Mr. Eliscu apprenticed with Rudolph Evans and worked with him on the sculpting of the statue of Thomas Jefferson for the Jefferson Memorial.

Frank Eliscu served in the army in World War II from 1942 to 1945.

He worked as a teacher, School of Industrial Art, NYC (currently called the High School of Art and Design) from 1945 to 1970. As a sculptor, Eliscu had his first one-man show in 1929 at age 17. From there, Eliscu went on to a career that brought him international fame.

Mr. Eliscu created a great number of sculptures, medals, award for the Caring Institute to give annually to the most caring people in America (1988). His work has been exhibited in many places, starting with the Clay Club of New York in 1935. He repeatedly exhibited at the Architectural League of New York, Wellons Gallery, and the National Sculpture Society.

He has permanent exhibits at Brookgreen Gardens since 1955, Jewel Headley Museum since 1962, Omar Bradley Freedom Shrine since 1977, Ringling Museum since 1982, Alan Shepard Mercury 7 Hall of Fame since 1991 and at Caring Institute Hall of Fame since 1992.


  • Frank Eliscu is noted as the sculptor who designed the Heisman Trophy, a bronze figure that is annually awarded to college football’s best overall player. During his twenty-year teaching career, Mr. Eliscu also created sculptures which are displayed in such places as the Oval Office in the White House. His tallest is a five-story screen made of bronze, erected over the entrance to the Library of Congress, titled “Falling Books.” Mr. Eliscu has held many exhibitions at museums and galleries.

    He also wrote three books — Direct Wax Sculpture, Three Techniques: Wax, Clay, Slate, and Slate and Soft Stone Sculpture.


Fellow Sculpture Society (president 1967-1970). Member Architectural League New York (vice president sculpture, silver medal 1958), Sculpture Center New York.


Married Mildred Norman, May 3, 1942. 1 child, Norma Eliscu Banas.

Charles Henry Eliscu

Florence (Kane) Eliscu

Mildred Norman

Norma Eliscu Banas Eliscu