Wyoming Arts Council

EWC Announces Public Presentation by Sculptor Gareth Curtiss

Sculptor Gareth Curtiss standing next to one of his works.

Eastern Wyoming College announces a public presentation by sculptor Gareth Curtiss in Torrington, Wyoming. Mr. Curtiss has been contracted to do the art piece for the new Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).

This presentation will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 pm in Mechanical Arts Room 116. He will be presenting information/power point slides on the processes of producing bronze sculptures and the business side of being a professional artist. Throughout the week he will be working with EWC art students. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Working in the tradition of the old masters, sculptor Gareth Curtiss creates monuments and memorials for our time. His career has spanned over thirty years and he is an expert in his field. Figurative sculpture is his specialty. His master level skills include; working in multiple sculpture mediums, sculpture enlargement, bas-relief, alto-relief, mezzo-relief, figure drawing, and all aspects of large scale bronze casting and fabrication, including welding, patina, and mold making. All of Gareth’s monuments have been created, designed, and sculptured by him and all of his large scale work has been cast at his own foundry. Gareth prides himself on his work ethic and is recognized by his contemporaries as a master sculptor and foundry-man. He uses no computer generated 3-d imaging or carving devices. All his work is through the artist’s eye to the artist’s hand.

He was born in Whitefish, Montana in 1959. Independent Study of art and sculpture under Richard Sprang began in 1979. His first sculpture was produced in bronze in 1982 and his first commission was created for Anheuser Busch in 1986. Apprenticed at Valley Bronze Art Foundry, Joseph, OR from1987 to 1989, he built his own foundry in 1990. His first heroic size sculpture was completed and cast in 1991. One or more life size or larger commissions have been completed every year since 1996, over 40 commissions completed to date, most of those being life size or larger, many with multiple human figures. He has created bronze statues throughout the United States and Canada.

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