Thursday, November 1, 2012

Walt Matia - Member Profile

Society Of Animal Artists Member Profile
Walt Matia
Master Distinguished Signature Member
Sculptor, USA

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 organization’s 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 President’s Guest House. To complement the fountain, Walter produced a bronze wall frieze for the Blair House in 1992.

His works have been exhibited and purchased by many prestigious museum, corporate and private collections. A very impressive list can be found on his website.

He is a Master Artist with SAA meaning he has won 5 or more Awards of Excellence and a past Master of BIRDS IN ART at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau

You can read more about him and see more of his work on his website

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