As a creator of larger-than-life sculptures — outdoors and indoors — Mac Hornecker is used to doing things in a big way.
Retired since 2001, he and his wife, Marie, built a 3,500-square-foot home with their own hands in the timber country near Arkadelphia, Ark., where they have a river for canoeing and a large lake within five miles of their property. “It took us 14 months to finish. We moved on 9/11 to a finished one bedroom apartment in our three car garage where we lived until the house was completed Thanksgiving weekend of 2002,” he says.
Mac — who earned his bachelor’s of fine arts in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute (1968) and his master’s of fine arts at the University of Oklahoma (1970) — taught for 30 years at BV, which was his first teaching job.
Since he retired, Mac has continued creating commissioned sculptures, including major projects for several Iowa clients. His work can be seen at www.machornecker.com. Over the past 40 years, Mac has had award-winning work in over 40 juried and invitational art shows. His sculptures are also in many private collections.
For the past nine years, Mac has been an adjunct professor of art, teaching beginning and advanced sculpture at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
One of the Horneckers’ new hobbies is scuba diving. They are certified and have gone on dives in Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico. They have also taken up fly fishing. Their fifth-wheel camper has seen a lot of road time — 17,000 miles last summer.
Marie, a pharmacist who still works occasionally, is also an avid gardener. “Our property has become a showplace with plants, water gardens, ponds and flowers,” notes Mac.
Mac stays in contact with many former students and faculty and returns to the BVU campus about once a year. “I miss the closeness of the faculty, staff and students,” he says. “There is a pride about BV; you can see it, you can feel it.”
Among his accomplishments at BVU were starting the printmaking and graphic design programs. “The professionalism of our program was most important,” he notes. “I think that my professional work and personal contacts opened up some doors for our students. Most of our students have been very outstanding.”
Mac and Marie have three grandchildren. Their daughters are Melissa Baldwin of West Lafayette, Ind., and Marcy of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their son, Med, died of cancer in 2007.