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George – Bio

George Lundeen – Biography

A native of Holdrege, Nebraska, Lundeen was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy. He holds a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of arts from Hastings College in Nebraska.
George Lundeen established his sculpting studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid-1970s where he currently lives and works.
He has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works alike for universities, municipalities, foundations, and corporations. Mr. Lundeen is a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society.

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AWARDS & HONORS

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
1999 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
STATE OF NEBRASKA
1995 “Distinguished Nebraskan” by proclamation of the Governor of Nebraska
LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA AND THE NEBRASKALAND FOUNDATION
1995 Pioneer Award
NATIONAL SCULPTURE SOCIETY
1983 National Sculpture Society’s Prizewinner Exhibition, Bronze Medal: “Departure”
1982 National Sculpture Silver Medal: “Old Friends”
1981 National Sculpture Bronze Medal: “Departure”
ALLIED ARTISTS OF AMERICA
1991 Associate Members Award: “Joy of Music-Bass Player”
1990 Helen Gapen Oehler Memorial Award: “Hearts on a Swing”
1987 Allied Artists Members & Associates Award: “Ben Franklin”
1981 Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Award: “Michelle”
NORTH AMERICAN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
1986 John Cavenaugh Memorial Award: “Flatlander”
1983 Art Castings of Colorado Award: “Lovers”
1981 Rocky Mountain Sculpture Award: “Last Laugh”
1980 North American Sculpture Award (Best of Show): “Il Barbone”
1979 North American Sculpture Award (Best of Show): “Departure”
AMERICAN INDIAN AND COWBOY ARTIST WESTERN ARTS EXHIBITION
1992 Artist of the West

EDUCATION

1973-1974 Fulbright-Hayes Scholar: Post graduate work at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy
1971-1973 Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
1966-1971 Bachelor of Arts, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
1978-1979 Texas A&M Artist in Residence

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Allied Artists of America
National Sculpture Society
Fellow National Academy of Design

COMMISIONS

2014 “Ben Franklin”-Franklin Academy, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
2013 Scheels Sporting Goods-Cedar Falls, IA. Sioux Falls, SD
2012 Scheels Sporting Goods-Sandy, Utah
2011 Scheels Sporting Goods-Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota
2010 “CC Gates” relief for Wings Over the Rockies Museum Denver, CO
2010 “Red McCombs” for University of Texas Austin, TX
2009 “Red Grange” for the University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
2009 Scheels Sporting Goods Fargo, ND
2008 Scheels Sporting Goods Sparks, NV
2006 “Waitin’ for an Answer” for Leaning tree Museum Boulder, Colorado
2006 “Tom McKee” for Larimer County Colorado
2005 “The Player” monument to “Branch Rickey”, Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
2004 “On the Trail of Discovery” Great Plains Art Musuem, Lincoln, Nebraska
2002 “Harvest Dreams” for the Marketplace, Brighton, CO
2002 “Mari Sandoz” for the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
2001 “End of an Era” commissioned for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado
2001 “Mari Sandoz” commissioned for Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska
2000 “Holly Coors” commissioned for the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1999 Portrait busts of former Nebraska state senators, Jerome Warner, and his father Charles Warner for the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln
1997 “Jack Swigert” commissioned for Statuary Hall, the Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
1997 “Portrait of Nathan Gold” for the Nebraska State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska
1996 “Dolphins” commissioned for the Marketplace Mall, Westminster, Colorado
1996 “Robert Frost” commissioned by Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1995 “Mary Lanning” commissioned for the Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings, Nebraska
1994 “Portrait of Dwight Griswold” for Nebraska State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska
1993 “George W. Hopper” commissioned for the University of Wyoming Law Library, Laramie, Wyoming
1993 “Cliff Hillegass” (Cliff’s Notes) commissioned for Cliff Hillegass Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Nebraska Art, University of Nebraska at Kearney
1993 “George W. Norris” commissioned by Nebraska Rural Electric Association for the National Cooperative Headquarters, Dallas, Texas
1993 1 1/2 life-size portrait of pioneer aviator, Elrey B. Jeppesen, for the Jeppesen Terminal Building of the new Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
1992 “Branch Rickey” Baseball Man of the Year” Award, Inaugural year presented to Dan Winfield\
1992 “Portrait of Art Thompson” for Nebraska State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska
1992 “Players” for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
1990 Life-size “Runner” and Couple on Bench” for NIKE Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon
1989 “Joy of Music” commissioned for the Civic Center of Loveland, Colorado
1988 “Gene Sarazen” commissioned for the Atlanta National Golf Club
1987 “Ben Franklin” commissioned for the University of Pennsylvania
1986 “Gilbert Hitchcock” commissioned by the Nebraska Historical Foundation
1983 “Promise of the Prairie” (10′ tall) bronze of prairie family for Holdrege, Nebraska

PUBLICATIONS

Sept 2008 – National Sculpture Society News Bulletin
Jan 2007 – Art of the West
Jan 2005 – Art Talk
Aug 2003 – Art of the West
Aug 1993 – Southwest Art
Aug 1992 – Revue Magazine
Nov 1991 – Art of the West
Jan 1988 – Art Talk
May 1983 – Southwest Art
Spring 1981 – Artists of the Rockies

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Beatrice Public Library, Beatrice, Nebraska
Benson Sculpture Park, Loveland, Colorado
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Botanical Gardens, Wichita, Kansas
CALTECH, Pasadena, California
China Exhibition Agency, Beijing, China
City of Carmel, California
City of Cerritos, California
City of Glendale, Arizona
City of Greeley, Colorado
City of Holdrege, Nebraska
City of Lincoln, Nebraska
City of Loveland, Colorado
City of Westminster, Colorado
Coors Baseball Stadium, Denver, Colorado
Coronado-Quivira Museum, Lyons, Kansas
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Farro Enterprises, Independence, Ohio
Franklin International Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jeppesen Sanderson Co., Frankfurt, Germany
Koelbel Public Library, Denver, Colorado
Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Laramie County Memorial Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, Colorado
Nike Inc., Beaverton, Oregon
Prince Corporation, Holland, Michigan
Rippon College, Rippon, Wisconsin
Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Virginia
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
Tallon Companies, Roseville, Michigan
Tebo Corporation, Boulder, Colorado
Trammel Crow Co., Dallas, Texas
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
Warwick Malkin Co., Stamford, Connecticut
West Publishing Co, St. Paul, Minnesota

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This Friday has a very different feel to it than last Friday. The last of our snow from the past weekend is slowly melting. The ash that fell from the sky is being blown on and rinsed away from the melting snow. The fires just west of our studio/gallery are still smoking slightly, but fire activity has been minimal this week. We've been able to see blue skies for the first time in months. Our coworkers, friends and family are heading back to their homes after evacuations, and a few are beginning to rebuild after losing it all. We are still so grateful for the hard work of our firefighters and first responders who bravely protect our communities. THANK YOU!

Pictured is the Archer Maquette by George Lundeen and Mark Lundeen.
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This Friday has a very different feel to it than last Friday. The last of our snow from the past weekend is slowly melting. The ash that fell from the sky is being blown on and rinsed away from the melting snow.  The fires just west of our studio/gallery are still smoking slightly, but fire activity has been minimal this week. Weve been able to see blue skies for the first time in months. Our coworkers, friends and family are heading back to their homes after evacuations, and a few are beginning to rebuild after losing it all. We are still so grateful for the hard work of our firefighters and first responders who bravely protect our communities. THANK YOU!

Pictured is the Archer Maquette by George Lundeen and Mark Lundeen.

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So thankful the snow helped for now. Nice sculpture.

Thanks for the update and good news! You guys have been through so much lately! Take care!

Thanks for your update! The snow was such a blessing!!

So thankful!

Glad you are safe. Continued prayers and best wishes as the community rebuilds and comes back together. 🙌🏼🙌🏼

So thankful the threat has died. Lots of people were praying for y’all!

Glad thing's are Ok....Thank's for Update !!!

Glad things are better

Was thinking abour you guys.

👍 👍

Beautiful

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The Perkins are one of the most happy, active and lively couples you'll ever meet. Last year, we had the honor of creating a life-sized sculpture of Jan and Chuck. We did our best to capture their unique personalities just perfectly. After creating the life-sized version, we made them this table-top sized sculpture too. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Perkins are one of the most happy, active and lively couples youll ever meet. Last year, we had the honor of creating a life-sized sculpture of Jan and Chuck. We did our best to capture their unique personalities just perfectly. After creating the life-sized version, we made them this table-top sized sculpture too.Image attachmentImage attachment

"I had a lover's quarrel with the world." - The epitaph of Robert Lee Frost

He's everywhere - Facebook, The Clock, and all those drunken photos taken around 3 a.m. in front of Rounds Hall. But where did the life size bronze statue of Robert Frost come from? ...

Click the link below to read the rest of "Behind the Bronze" by Samantha Kenney about the statue of Robert Frost that is on the campus of Plymouth State in New Hampshire.

www.theclockonline.com/news/view.php/86359/Behind-the-Bronze

Photo of Robert Frost, sculpted by George Lundeen. Taken on the campus of Plymouth State, New Hampshire by Keith Shields.
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I had a lovers quarrel with the world. - The epitaph of Robert Lee Frost

Hes everywhere - Facebook, The Clock, and all those drunken photos taken around 3 a.m. in front of Rounds Hall. But where did the life size bronze statue of Robert Frost come from? ...

Click the link below to read the rest of Behind the Bronze by Samantha Kenney about the statue of Robert Frost that is on the campus of Plymouth State in New Hampshire. 

http://www.theclockonline.com/news/view.php/86359/Behind-the-Bronze

Photo of Robert Frost, sculpted by George Lundeen. Taken on the campus of Plymouth State, New Hampshire by Keith Shields.

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Why isn't he holding the board?

From Lundeen Studios, we want to offer a huge THANK YOU to the firefighters and first responders who are risking their lives in this unprecedented wildfire season. Colorado has now had three of the five largest wildfires in our history during 2020 alone. The Cameron Peak Fire, the closest to our studio and just west of Loveland, has been burning since August 13. As of today it has burned over 206,667 acres. Unfortunately, this past week saw three more fires start in Colorado.

Thank you to all of those working so hard to protect life and property during this intense wildfire season. We are so grateful for their bravery and tireless efforts.
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From Lundeen Studios, we want to offer a huge THANK YOU to the firefighters and first responders who are risking their lives in this unprecedented wildfire season. Colorado has now had three of the five largest wildfires in our history during 2020 alone. The Cameron Peak Fire, the closest to our studio and just west of Loveland, has been burning since August 13. As of today it has burned over 206,667 acres. Unfortunately, this past week saw three more fires start in Colorado. 

Thank you to all of those working so hard to protect life and property during this intense wildfire season. We are so grateful for their bravery and tireless efforts.

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Another knockout piece, excellant job

Thank you to all of the fire fighters and first responders. Praying for safety for all impacted by the fires in Colorado. Stay safe!

Thank you, we were evacuated today and we are hoping the weather will be kind and help the many firefighters get a handle on the blaze. Bill made over 100 sandwiches for the firefighters and right after he and Ryan Banker dropped them off we were evacuated

Prayer's to the Family's and Friend's that are being impacted by the fire in Colorado..and the safety of the Firefighters and First Responders !!!

Prayers for your families and everyone affected by these fires. Stay safe!!

Praying for the safety of the fire fighters!

Praying..... ❤️

Prayers for your family & my niece and family and all who are in the path of the fire.

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Stay Safe

It has a whole different meaning when it’s your town, your state, the fires are that close! So devastating! What a battle! Thank you to all for working so hard!

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Phone: (970) 669-7176
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