10 Aug Gerald Balciar
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists. Meet Quest for the West Artist Gerald Balciar.
Born 1942, in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado
LIKE MANY artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home, and taught himself to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze, and later began to carve in stone as well.
Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is the 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar, Canyon Princess, carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.
2015, bronze, edition of 30, 16 x 26 x 16 inches
There are places in Alaska where you can fly over the tundra and see one pair of trumpeter swans on every pond. It must be a territorial thing where there is room for just one pair per pond. I enjoy watching the swans in Wyoming, especially when they come flying through overhead. Swans mate for life. The male is called a cob and the female a pen. Their young are cygnets.
Notable awards and achievements:
2014 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
2012 Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Norris Foundation Sculpture Award
2009 Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
2009 The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, People’s Choice Award
2007 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award
1999 Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, William E. Weiss Purchase
1991 National Academy of Western Art, Gold Medal Award
1990 National Academy of Western Art, Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer’s Choice Award and Silver Medal Award
1985 National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West Purchase Award and Gold Medal Award
National Sculpture Society
Allied Artists of America
Society of Animal Artists
Northwest Rendezvous Group
Astoria Fine Art – Jackson, Wyoming
Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Sorrel Sky Galleries – Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas