SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE is a major traveling museum exhibition scheduled for display at Brookgreen Gardens from January 23 – April 24, 2016. Following the exhibit opening, Scott will give a talk about the exhibit and her sculpture on Saturday, January 30 at 11 a.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. The talk and the exhibit are free with garden admission.
The exhibition is comprised of a retrospective range of 45 or more sculptures and 35 etchings and drawings. Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970’s and to sculpture in the 1980’s.
Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa,Oklahoma, she works today in Lander, Wyoming in a studio near the foundry that casts her bronzes. She also maintains studios on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, and in the mountains of northern Colorado. Sandy is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish. She has made 16 trips to Alaska and has been to Europe, Russia, China, South America, and Africa to visit the world’s great museums. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. Her work is authentic. She has experienced and lived what she depicts.
A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to her work as anartist. A licensed pilot for 50 years, she says, “I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures.” Her knowledge of aerodynamics was particularly evident in Mallard Duet, a sold out sculpture that won the Ellen P. Speyer Award at the National Academy of Design in New York. This sculpture is in the permanent collection of Brookgreen Gardens and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Sandy’s father raised and bred quarter horses an ranched in northeastern
Oklahoma which instilled in her a love and knowledge of horses and animals. She has a beautiful Morgan gelding that she used as a model for her powerful truncated equestrian sculpture entitled “ Equus Found Fragments” which recently won the Award of Excellence at the Society of Animal Artist Exhibition.
When asked what influenced her work most the artist replies,
“First was the time I spent at the Kansas City Art Institute, it opened my eyes to the fundamentals of art and imparted a life long interest and love of art history; second was my trip to the north country and Lake of the Woods when I was a kid, it introduced me to what would become a never ending source and inspiration; third has been teaching workshops: teaching is an ongoing discipline – I’ve learned and continue to learn through teaching.”
Sandy Scott is on the teaching staff of the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and the master sculpture workshops at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She is a member of The National Arts Club New York, NY, the Society of Animal Artists, a fellow in the American Artists Professional League, and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
In 1998 the Gilcrease Museum honored her with a retrospective. At that time a book entitled Spirit of the Wild Things – The Art of Sandy Scott was published. Her work was featured in the book titled The American Sporting Print – 20th Century Etchers and Drypointints by John T. Ordeman; and in the recently published book; The Red Fox in Art by John Orrelle. She has been featured in several magazine articles, including 10 most prominent artists of 2012 published by Southwest Art.
Sandy participates in annual juried exhibitions including those at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California; Prix de West, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; National Center, Los Angeles, California; Prix de West, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; National Sculpture Society, New York, New York; Society of Animal Artists, New York, and Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West, Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott’s work is in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisiana; Museum of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of the Horse, Ruidoso, New Mexico; The United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; The Briscoe Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas. Her monumental Presidential Eagle was installed at the entrance to the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.