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AU alumna, professional sculptor dies in motorcycle accident in Italy

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An Auburn University alumna and professional sculptor has died following a motorcycle accident in Italy. 

Joanna Blake, 39, worked as a figurative sculptor in the Washington D.C. area.

She died on her 39th birthday on Sunday, May 22. According to a report from WUSA 9 in Washington D.C., she had traveled to Italy to celebrate her birthday.

Blake was a native of Mobile, AL and graduated from AU in 1999 with a bachelor’s in fine arts.

The bio on her website states she worked for Kaskey Studio Inc. since 2001, where she contributed her design and sculpting skills to the creation of a number of large scale public monuments.

Her most notable projects included the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN.

She also collaborated with Gary Wagoner, former chair of AU's art department, to create two 30-foot long terra cotta panels for the school's College of Science and Mathematics building.

Additionally, she designed and sculpted 13 scientists on two panels at the entrance to the university's Chemistry and Biology Building.

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