Sandy Graves, Bronze, Pine Moon Fine Art Gallery
As a child, born in Denver, Colorado, and growing up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Sandy Graves first displayed her work at the county fairs as a 4-H member. As she continued her education, she worked in many different mediums. Sculpture was always a favorite and came naturally. Graves sees bronze sculpture as being a friendly and beautiful medium. She enjoys watching the public interact with art. In sculpture, viewers can walk around it, touch it, and become part of the artistic expression in a very personal way. After graduating from CSU in 1993 with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in Sculpture, Graves began work as a high school art teacher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and continued in that field for 16 years. In 1999 Graves cast and sold her first bronze sculpture. Since then she has continued to work in the medium realistically and abstractly. She has been awarded and completed three significant commissions. The first was a portrait of the founder of the Lowell Whiteman School. The second was a life-size student for The Scottsbluff Public School foundation in Scottsbluff NE. The third and largest was created for the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce, and has been installed on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs. Realism and abstract styles have both been popular for her. Graves enjoys making her wildly expressive series of abstract horses. It is a familiar subject for her as she owned and rode horses as a young girl. They have always been in her art.
1987-1988 North Texas State University 1988-1993 Colorado State University BA, Sculpture Concentration, Teaching Certificate Solo 2014 - “A Brief Retrospective,” The Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO 2010 - “Horse of a Different Color”, Rare Gallery, Jackson Hole WY Group 2016 - 4th Annual Small Works Show, The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY 2016 - Society of Animal Artists 56th Exhibition, Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston, TX 2016 - Art for Horses, The Pace Center, Parker, CO 2016 - “Birds in Art”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI 2016 - “Wildscapes”, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington , VT 2016 - “Weekend in the West”, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO 2016 - “Animalia”, Loveland Museum Gallery, Loveland, CO 2016 - “All About Texas”, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX 2016 - 3rd Annual Art on the Llano Estacado, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, T 2016-2009 Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO 2016 - Governor’s Art Show, Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland, CO 2015 - Vying 2015: International Art Competition, Viophilia Gallery, Miami, FL 2015 - Society of Animal Artists 55th Exhibition, Roger Tory Peterson Institute Jamestown ,NY. The Evelyn and Peter Haller Memorial Award for 3-D with “Thrill of the Chase” 2015 - 14th Lone Tree Art Expo, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO. 1st Place Sculpture Award 2015 - Art for Horses, Lakewood Cultural Center, Denver , Co. Juror’s Choice Award, “A Well Deserved Rest” 2015 - “Gone to the Dogs”, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO 2015 - “The 5 B’s”, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 2015 - “Art of the Animal Kingdom XX”, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington ,VT 2015 - American Women Artists On Line Juried Show and National Juried Competition , Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ 2015 - Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, AR 2015-2006 Circle 7 Gallery Steamboat Springs, CO: ongoing featured artist’s show approximately every 6 months; show: Breathe ( Feb 2015) 2015-2009 Steamboat All Arts Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO 2012 - Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD 2012 - “Love”, an online Exhibition, National Sculpture Society 2013 - Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, Charleston, SC 2013-2010 Aspen Art Festival, Aspen, CO 2010 - Waxlander Gallery, ”Rising”, Santa Fe, NM 2010 - Downtown Denver Arts Fest, Denver, CO 2008 - Uptown Columbus Sculpture Walk, Monuments, Columbus, GA 2007 - A Woman Made Gallery, “In Praise of Physical Labor”, Chicago, IL 2007 - Steamboat Art Museum, Opening Show, Steamboat Springs, CO 2001 -Steamboat Art Depot, “Wood Fiber and Metal “, Steamboat Springs ,CO Collections or Public Art 2016 - Escalante Hall, “In Flight”, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO 2016 - Benson Sculpture Park, “Cotton & Clementine”, Loveland, CO 2016 - San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, “Ruby” and “Bugle III”, Friday Harbor, WA 2015- Public Sculpture Gardens: Highlands Ranch, CO: Northglenn, CO, Westminster, CO, Sheridan, WY, Gillette, WY 2014 - Vermont Law School, “Flow”, South Royalton, VT 2009 - Yampa Valley Medical Center, Family Birthing Center “Lullabies”, Steamboat Springs, CO 2008 - Routt County Courthouse, “Chamber Legacy”, Steamboat Springs, CO 2005 - Scottsbluff High School, “Ruby”, Scottsbluff, NE 2003 - Lowell Whitman School, “Lowell Surveying the Valley”, Steamboat Springs, CO Sculpture References: Nancy and Marty Zimmerman, foundry owners at Landsend Sculpture services. 970-527-4045. I have been working professionally with the Zimmermans for over ten years. They have worked with me on all of my bronze sculptures large and small. Tracy Fortson, 970-871-2416, Director for inpatient services at Yampa Valley Medical Center. I Created a high-relief wall mural in bronze for the birthing center at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Tracy oversaw my work there. http://www.sandygravesart.com/monuments/the-winds-of-labor/ Sandy Evans-Hall, 530-581-8739, Chief Executive officer/Executive Director North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. Sandy@GoTahoeNorth.com. Sandy hired me and oversaw my work on the Chamber Legacy Project which resides on the Steamboat Springs courthouse lawn.