2nd Place recipient
Ken Little received an MFA from the University of Utah in 1972. He has maintained an active national profile as an exhibiting and reviewed sculptor for over twenty five years.
His work has been featured in over 35 one person exhibitions at prestigious venues such as: The Washington Project for the Arts, Wash. DC; The Nelson Gallery of the Univ. of California at Davis; The Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Diverse Works in Houston; The Honolulu Academy of the Arts; and many others.
His work has been featured in over 200 group exhibitions at institutions like: The Contemporary museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas; The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; The Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Beach, California; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Oakland Museum in Oakland, California; The Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond Virginia, and many others.
His work has been reviewed in numerous national publications including "Art in America", "Art Week", "The New Art Examiner", "ArtSpace", and "Sculpture" magazines. He has been reviewed in local newspapers including: The Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Sacramento Bee, the Seattle Sun, and others. His work has also been featured in numerous catalogs and the subject of two monographs: Ken Dawson Little: a catalog of works, 1983 by Susan Havens Caldwell and Ken Dawson Little: A Bestiary of Damaged Goods, 1986 Dave Hickey.
Little has been the recipient of many prizes, honors, and grants including two major individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982 and 1988; The Arts Industry Grant from the Kohler company in 1988 and 1996; the Mid America Art Alliance Sculpture Fellowship in 1985; the Penny McCall Foundation's Visual Fellowship in 1991 and others. He has received seven Faculty Research Development grants at various institutions including the Univ. of Montana, the Univ. of Oklahoma and four from UTSA in 1990,1993,1997, and 2001.
Since 1993, he has maintained a studio in a warehouse building that he owns in downtown San Antonio. He is an advocate for contemporary art in south Texas, renting studio space to 8 other artists. From 1994 to 1999 he directed Rose Amarillo, a 1500 square foot alternative exhibition space showing the work of local and national artists. His work in various media has been shown extensively in south Texas at such venues as ArtPace, a Foundation for Contemporary Art in San Antonio where he was awarded a residency in the International Artist in Residency Program during 1995. From 1989 to 1995 he was a board member of The Blue Star Art Space also in San Antonio. His work is included in many public and private collections around the country. Collections include The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu Hawaii, The City of Seattle, The Nelson Gallery of the University of California at Davis, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle and many others.
The Elements of Progress: Dreams Escape • 1990
Installation at The Washington Project for the Arts
Victory and Defeat • Largest pair is 27" high, the smallest pair is 4" high. The entire piece is approximately 35 feet long • 1997
Cast iron with patina copper coating. Made during a residency at Kohler in Wisconsin