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Figure The Internationally Famous Sculptor, Lecturer, Playwright and Author SUZANNE SILVERCRUYS (Mrs. Edward Ford Stevenson, B.F.A., L.H.D.) The only sculptor to model a portrait bust of a member of her audience while she speaks, in a humorous, philosophical and inspiring lecture-demonstration on Life, Art and Sculpture. An unusual performance combining technical knowledge, laughter and tears. Subject: Your Life Is In Your Own Hands The Pursuit Of Happiness What It Means To Be An American (Modeling Head of Uncle Sam) See Who's Who in America Queen Astrid Memorial Garden Fountain Lord Tweedsmuir (Metropolitan Museum) Reaching for Freedom SUZANNE SILVERCRUYS Suzanne Silvercruys, wife of Lt. Col. Edward Ford Stevenson, is the daughter of the late Baron Silvercruys, President of the Supreme Court of Belgium and sister of the present Baron Sivercruys, the Belgian Ambassador to the United States. She was one of the child refugees of the First World War, when after assisting the martyred Nurse Edith Cavell, she escaped through Holland to the U.S.A. via England. While in school in Philadelphia she attended a dinner given by the Newspaper Editors of the U.S., and when the speaker of the evening, Secretary of War Newton Baker was unable to appear, she spoke in his stead. So inspiring was her description of the horror and destruction of her native land, that the story was carried by newspapers from coast to coast. The Belgian Government commissioned her to tour the country, which she did, speaking four and five times a day. She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University and Doctor of Humane Letters from Temple University. Belgium has conferred upon Suzanne Silvercruys its highest honors, Knighthood of the Order of Leopold and Officer of the Order of the Crown. France has made her an Officer d'Academie and she is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain. In the United States she has won many important prizes and competitions. Among her noted works are: President Hoover in the Louvain Library, Lewis Douglas at McGill University, Lord Tweedsmuir Government House Canada and Metropolitan Museum New York, Zonta Club Aviation Trophy presented to Amelia Earhart, Cyrus H. K. Curtis Memorial plaque, the Harvey Duell Award of N.Y. Press Photographers Association, the Count Rumford Memorial, heroic statue of Gen. MacAuliffe in Bastogne Belgium, War Memorial at Shawinigan Falls Canada, Gold Medal of Achievement presented by Young Democrats of New York City to James A. Farley. She has modeled such diverse personalities as the Dionne quintuplets, Jesse Jones, Jack Dempsey, Kathryn Hepburn, Louis Sobol, the late Bishop Manning, the late James Forrestal. The following Generals and Admirals have posed for her, Bradley, Wainwright, Doolittle, Spaatz, Chennault, Vandergrift, King and Leahy. Her exhibition of Catholic Religious Art was sponsored by Fordham University. She has written a number of books and plays, among them, Suzanne of Belgium,A Primer of Sculpture, and There is No Death. She is extremely proud of her American citizenship and was the Founder and First National Chairman of the national patriotic organization The Minute Women of the U.S.A., Inc. Suzanne Silvercruys is one of the most easy, extemporaneous and effective speakers on the lecture platform, she has toured the country for many years and has fulfilled many repeat engagements. Her discussions of art are interspersed by scintillating anecdotes of notables she has met and modeled, which she accompanies by a demonstration of modeling the head of a subject from the audience, or she can also do a statuette if preferred. Her unusual performance has been enthusiastically received by discriminating audiences throughout the country. BOOKINGS MAY BE MADE THROUGH:— Mme. Silvercruys was a 'find.' She was graciously received and made a profound impression on the audience.—Director, Knife & Fork International, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her lecture is far from the usual 'art' lecture and has to do with the very fabric of life, itself. One of the most inspirational lectures I have ever had on my platform.—Town Hall Series, Toledo, Ohio. The appearance yesterday of Mme. Silvercruys was the high-light of the year's program. We hope to have her back next year. I am sure her lecture helped and encouraged dozens of women who only needed a little inspiration to do creative things.—Woman's Club, Des Moines, Iowa. As she works busily with her hands, she is interesting to watch, she is inspiring to hear, and her persuasive words leave her audiences resolved to make far better use of their own time and talents.—19th Century Women's Club, Oak Park, Ill. Members of the Executives Club who heard Suzanne Silvercruys had a genuinely amazing experience. A sculptor she moulds the English language even more expertly than she moulds clay. For two hours she led her audience by the hand, appealing to its sense of humor, playing upon its emotions.— Daily News, Bangor, Maine. Suzanne Silvercruys turned out to be far more than we expected. She is packed with what it takes and is a human dynamo. The crowd fairly beamed while she was building for her climax. She performed far beyond our expectation and is very easy to look at.—Assoc. Execs. Club, Harrisburg, Pa. All day long students have been talking about today's Convocation. In all my life in the University I have never seen a personality so capture the hearts of the Student body. Dr. Silvercruys knows how to talk to students. She has something to say. I want to write her a note on behalf of the students.—Pres. Temple University, Student Comm. The program given by Mme. Silvercruys was extremely interesting, entertaining and inspiring.—Evanston Town Hall, Evanston, Ill. We consider her one of the finest speakers we have ever heard.—Providence Plantations Club, Providence, R. I. We had never invited a woman to speak before and we were not sure just how the departure from our practice would take, but I want you to know that I never saw a more enthusiastic audience and I don't believe we have ever had a more successful lecture. A lecturer who has peculiarly mixed humor and serious philosophy in an extraordinarily appealing manner.—Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. We felt inspired from having heard Mme. Silvercruys, and many of us have found new interests because of her fine example. Thank you for introducing to us such a charming and worthwhile person.—Baltimore Guild, Baltimore, Md. Mme. Suzanne Silvercruys was simply fascinating. Our members were more enthusiastic about her than any speaker we have presented during this past year.—Woman's City Club, Kansas City, Missouri. She delighted her listeners with her delicate humor, her simple charm, her delectable delineation of character and her inspirational advice. She left her audience mentally and spiritually refreshed. All who heard her were most articulate in their praise and appreciation.—The A Kempis, Newark, N. J. I have found that many interesting platform speakers have one lecture only. They seem to put all their interesting material into the one essay, with the result that their second appearance is a great disappointment. The contrary holds with you, I think that I enjoyed your second talk even more than the first, and I should not have thought that possible.—Woman's Club of Akron, Ohio.
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