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John Bennett was designated Texas State Artist by the 81st Legislature of Texas in 2010. A fourth-generation Texan and current resident of Fredericksburg with his wife Cathy since 2006, he began figural sculpting thirty five years ago and started having his work cast in bronze in 1985. Since then he has continued to develop his God-given talent as an artist, exhibiting in juried art shows, galleries, and museums.
“My most significant exposure to art as a child was in Dallas at Fair Park (renovated in 1936 for the Texas Centennial), which houses numerous Art Deco sculptures, reliefs and murals of Texas imagery. Each year there, I attended the State Fair of Texas, went on field trips to the museums, and to family gatherings, and am still impressed and influenced by the art and style of the 1930’s.”
“I love action and excitement in a sculpture but I’m most happy if the finished piece can outwardly project its own moving emotion and soul – something far beyond merely an image frozen in time and space.”
Purchasers include the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, and the Women’s Museum in Dallas for exhibit in the White House in 1999, as part of the federal “Save America’s Treasures” project. Served as Judge for various art events, including “An Artistic Discovery”, the Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in 2010.
“Acclaimed for his sculptures of women, he has created works depicting women from all walks of life, from Old West legend Annie Oakley to 98-year-old Alice Reeves, a former schoolteacher and granddaughter of a slave; one of his pieces was selected by the Women’s Museum for display at the White House in 1999” – joint resolution of the Texas Legislature, 2009.