19 Sep Veryl Goodnight
Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado
2016, oil, 18 x 24 inches
Sled dogs and their drivers have played major roles in the history of America for more than 12,000 years, from the Arctic to as far south as the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The Inuit could not have survived the harsh Arctic climate without their dogs, and they recognized this by considering them not as animals but nearer to human beings. Sled dogs first pulled mail in 1778 near Lake Superior, and the last mail was delivered in 1963—almost 200 years later. Very few people know these stories.
WORKING FROM LIFE is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work and her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse, and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion.
From her acreage in southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery, residents, and animals in the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought-after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. In April of 2011, Goodnight was honored with a forty-year retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back From the Brink, an over-life-size sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle-raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas, in October 2012.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2011 Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
2011 Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibition
2007 Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
2005 The Bronc, monument placed at the Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
2002 No Turning Back, monument placed at the University of Nebraska
1997 The Day the Wall Came Down, 25%-over-life-size sculpture of five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to freedom; placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library
National Sculpture Society, Fellow
Society of Animal Artists
Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
Medicine Man Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas