Cardinal Ritter bronze bust by sculptor Guy Tedesco resides proudly in the Museum room of the restored Ritter House.

In early 2015 the Board of Directors envisioned some type of statue or figure of Cardinal Ritter be placed in the Ritter Rose Garden then under construction. With that “seed” planted, the idea of a major bronze sculpture began to sprout. The scope of the project soon outgrew the small rose garden and grew into a full-scale life-size grouping of bronze figures to be created and positioned on our open lawn facing 13th Street.

The concept was to create a public art piece that would become a showpiece to the community while honoring the life and works of Joseph Cardinal Ritter, the only Roman Catholic Cardinal born in the state of Indiana.

Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation Board Chair, David Hock (as left) with sculptor Guy Tedesco, and 2017 Lecture and Irish Coffee event guest speaker, Mr. Kyle Kramer, pose with the initial bonded bronze proof of the Cardinal Ritter sculpture.

Local sculptor Guy Tedesco was commissioned to help fulfill our dream. At the 2016 Lecture and Irish Coffee event, Tedesco unveiled a work-in-progress clay bust. The next year a “bonded bronze” sculpture was unveiled.

Two years of discussions and creative exploration by the committee and the sculptor followed. A concept maquette (small scale model) was unveiled by Guy Tedesco at the March 14, 2019 Lecture and Irish Coffee event.

The next step will be the creation of a full size clay figure of Cardinal Ritter by the sculptor. In the meantime the Board of Directors will organize a funding strategy. When sufficient funds are in hand, the figures will be cast in bronze and subsequently installed on the north lawn of Cardinal Ritter birthplace at 13th and Oak Streets in New Albany, Indiana.