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SculptureWalk 2017 People’s Choice Award Announced

When Buffalo Roamed by Jerry McKellar wins People’s Choice honors

Sioux Falls, SD – October 10, 2017 – The annual SculptureWalk People’s Choice award goes to When Buffalo Roamed created by Colville, WA artist Jerry McKellar as selected by visitors to annual public art exhibition of sculptures in historic Downtown Sioux Falls.

The detailed bronze piece featured detailed work and distinctive patina treatment accenting the beadwork of the warrior. The sculpture will now become a part of the City of Sioux Falls’ permanent collection.

“Jerry’s work is always a great example of the quality of art and artists that are a part of SculptureWalk,” said SculptureWalk Director Jim Clark.  “The intricate detail displayed in When Buffalo Roamed is amazing to look at and brings a powerful visual to the story behind the sculpture.”

McKellar’s vision for his sculpture was inspired by artist Karl Bodmer, with most of the warrior’s ornamentation depicted in his different paintings.  During conflicts, the warrior chosen to carry the bow lance was one of the bravest, vowing to lead in battle and never retreat. The sculpture is a companion piece to his 2016 SculptureWalk When Weath Was Pelts sculpture.

McKellar also won the People’s Choice Award in 2010 with his sculpture Flower Dancing in the Wind that is now on exhibit at the Paladino Holm Sculpture Garden at the Washington Pavillion.

In May, SculptureWalk artists peer reviewed all 56 sculptures to select the Best of Show awards as part of the Virtuoso program funded with the generosity of Scoular Family Trust.  The top sculpture as voted by sculptors from around the country went to Minnesota artist Bruce Stillman and his sculpture Eclipse.

Started in 2004, SculptureWalk is the largest and most recognized annual exhibit of public art sculptures in the country.


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