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    Dan Burgette

    Dan Burgette

    Biography

    Dan Burgette is a mixed media sculptor whose primary subject is birds. The material for the birds is primarily wood. He has twenty-five species of wood in his collection, but he mainly uses redwood, walnut, aspen, tupelo and Pacific yew. Stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, silver, copper, brass and bronze metals and soapstone, granite or quartzite rock are used for elements of his sculpture. He primarily paints with acrylics, with some oils. His work includes representational and contemporary interpretive wildlife art.

    Although he does some representational pieces that force him to pay attention to the details of how a bird is really built, his work is mainly in the interpretive style. In 2001 and 2011, he won Best in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. In 2009 he was admitted into the Society of Animal Artists. In their 2009 Art and the Animal show, he won the Haller Memorial Award for Sculpture for an interpretive piece.

    The hallmark of his style involves implied movement. He achieves that through strong lines and the effective use of positive and negative space. His art tells stories about what happens in nature. His goals are to activate space with his sculpture and to connect people with the natural world. Admirers feel that his artwork flows from his naturalist’s knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and it brings energy to their homes and lives.

    Affiliations

    The Society of Animal Artists

    The Ward Foundation

    Artists for Conservation

    National Sculpture Society

    Publications & Features

    Call of the Wild Magazine 2018-19, National Museum of Wildlife Art, pg 27, "Behind the Art: Peep Show, Dan Burgette"

    Competition 2011

    Teton Home and Living Spring/Summer 2010

    Ward Museum, Spring 2012, "Open to Interpretation"

    • Best in Show for Non-wood Sculpture, 2018 Ward World Wildfowl Championships “Feeder Frenzy” (bronze).
    • “Open to Interpretation Show”, Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD, April 13 – July 8, 2012.
    • Second Best in World, Interpretive Wood Sculpture, 42nd Ward World Championships, Ocean City, MD, 2012.
    • Exhibited at 51stAnnual Art and the Animal Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI, 9/17 – 10/31/2011.
    • Best in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture, 41stWard World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, Ocean City, MD, 4/29 – 5/1/2011.
    • 2009 – 2010 Art and the Animal National Tour, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO 01- 03/10, and Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, MD, 4/23 – 7/18/2010.
    • 49thAnnual Art and the Animal Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS, 9/5 – 11/1/2009. Received the Evelyn and Peter Haller Memorial Award For Sculpture.
    • Western Visions Miniature and More Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, 9/2009.
    • Lanford Monroe Artist-in-Residence, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, 6/30 – 8/1/2009.
    • Third place in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture at the 39thWard World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, Ocean City, MD, 4/2009.
    • Western Visions Miniature and More Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, 9/2008.
    • 2008 Western Design Conference, Jackson, WY. Awarded second place in woodworking.
    • 2007 Western Design Conference, Jackson, WY.
    • Best in Masters, Interpretive Wood Sculpture, 36thWard World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, Ocean City, MD, 4/2006.
    • Best in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture, 31stWard World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, Ocean City, MD, 4/2001.