Brookgreen opens new exhibit

  • Friday, May 16, 2014

Kent Ullberg’s pieces, cast in bronze and stainless steel, cover a 40-year period from 1969.

Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective Sculpture Exhibition Opens May 17 at Brookgreen Gardens

A traveling retrospective exhibit of 48 pieces by Kent Ullberg, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading wildlife sculptors, will be on display Saturday, May 17 to Aug. 3, in both galleries of the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Ullberg when he gives a talk about his art and life on May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. The exhibit and the talk are free with garden admission.

The exhibit is comprised of actual monuments and monument maquettes including pedestal-sized sculptures organized by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., an independent curator. Wagner writes: “As a sculptor at the vanguard of postmodern art, Ullberg employs his deep knowledge of nature and his exceptional skill and talent to create works that endure.”

“The full evolution of Kent Ullberg’s subject matter is reflected in sculptures selected for the exhibition,” said Robin Salmon, Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens. “The works give insight into his sense of design and mechanics and also include smaller sculptures of unique and delicate beauty.”

The pieces, cast in bronze and stainless steel, cover a 40-year period from 1969 (“Owl”) to 2009 (“Halcyon”). Additional works in the exhibition are “Wind in the Sails”, a 1999 stainless steel sculpture that stands in Stockholm, Sweden, and the maquette for “Sailfish in Three Stages of Ascending,” a monumental sculpture located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Kent Ullberg has lived throughout the world pursuing his career as a naturalist, museum curator, and sculptor. He currently divides his time between his homes and studios in Corpus Christi, TX and Loveland, CO.

Kent Ullberg is a member of many prestigious American art organizations including the National Academy of Design, National Sculpture Society, Society of Animal Artists, National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, American Society of Marine Artists, National Academy of Western Art, and the Society for Wildlife Art of the Nations in Sandhurst, England.

Brookgreen Gardens’ visitors have enjoyed Kent Ullberg’s work for many years – his Ring of “Bright Water,” a delightful circle of swimming otters, stands next to Jessamine Pond.

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