School-commissioned sculptor dies at age 58

Artist Tina Allen, who designed the Harvard-Westlake Frederick Douglass Award in 2002, died on Sept. 9 due to complications after a heart attack. She was 58.

The award goes to a senior who honors and embraces their own culture, along with others. Last year Gabrielle Horton ’08 was honored. Other recipients of the award have been Julia Wick ’07, Joey Katona ’06, Phillip Burns ’05, Olusinmi Bamgbose ’05 and Katie Muslin ’03.

Allen’s sculptures included prominent African-American activists George Washington Carver and the Reverend Martin Luther King. A second sculpture of Douglass was featured in the 2006 movie “Akeelah and the Bee.”

—Drew Lash