Walter Matia "Portrait Pair Pointer Setter Bookends" bronze sculpture available now at Sculpture Collector
"Portrait Pair Pointer Setter Bookends"
Edition 35/100 and 36/100
Limited Edition Bronze
Size... 7"L x 8"H x 4"D
by Walter Matia
Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Much of his training was attained during a long apprenticeship in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
After leaving the Cleveland Museum, Walter worked for eleven years with the Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and unique habitats. He served as the organizations vice president in charge of land management.
He began casting bronze sculptures in 1980. Initially, he concentrated on bird life, over the years he has worked on sporting dogs and other mammals. In 1987 he began a series of large fountain and garden pieces. In 1989 the Blair House Restoration Committee placed one of his fountains in the formal garden of the United States Presidents Guest House. To complement the fountain, Walter produced a bronze wall frieze for the Blair House in 1992.
His works have been exhibited in one man shows at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Walter is a regular participant in the Society of Animal Artists shows, National Sculpture Society, Easton Waterfowl Festival, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival and the Prix de West Invitational Exhibition. Walter is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society. He received the National Sculpture Society's 2003 Gold Medal Award for "Large Great Blue Heron Pair"; the 2005 Bronze Medal Award Pietro & Alfriedo Montana Memorial Prize for "A Fool for Love"; the 2006 Society of Animal Artists Leo J. Meiselman Award for "Molly is a Working Girl"; the 2006 Prix de West James Earl Fraser Award for "Promise of Spring" and the 2007 Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture. Walter Matia was named Master Wildlife Artist at the 2008 Birds In Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Waussau, WI. In recognition of the Society of Animal Artists Annual Award of Excellence and outstanding artistic talent Walter recieved the honor of Master Signature Member.
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