About the Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Wayne Amerine “The Herd”
Amerine was born in Great Bend, Kansas. He studied at Bethany College, Linsburg, Kansas (1947), and Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated with honors and awards in 1949. Amerine presently lives in Dallas, Texas.


Joe Barrington “4 Ravens – Nevermore!” “Desert Mule Deer Skull” “Pink Flamingo” “Bull Skull”
Joe Barrington attended Cisco Junior College 1975-1977 and graduated from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas in 1980 with a B.F.A. He was born May 10, 1956, in Throckmorton, Texas, where he currently lives and builds sculptures in his studio.


Jeremy Christopher “Mesquite Tree”
Christopher received his B.F.A. from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2001. He earned his M.F.A. at Hunter College, City University of New York. He currently lives in Abilene, Texas.


David Deming “Let’s Give Elizabeth a Ten for Enthusiasm” “September Tripod”
Deming has enjoyed a successful career both as a sculptor and as a teacher and arts administrator. He has exhibited his sculpture in more than 100 competitive and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally with more than 50 one- and two-person exhibitions. His sculpture appears in over 100 public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas, and Utah State University in Logan, Utah.


Avery Falkner – “Omega Point”
Falkner received his B.A., Art, in 1963 from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, and an M.F.A., Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. in 1968. A former Department of Art faculty member at Abilene Christian University, Falkner is currently Professor of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.


Terry Gilbreth “Gathering Wind” “Taylor County Veterans’ Memorial” “Sacred Wind”
The creative spirit has always been a part of Terry Gilbreth’s life. By the time he graduated from Abilene High School in 1964, he had made the choice to become an artist and had a blossoming talent for drawing, painting and sculpture. He attended McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, graduating in 1968. Gilbreth has been a board member of The American Indian and Cowboy Artist and a member and president of the National Western Artists Association and the Texas Cowboy Artists Association. He is represented by galleries in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and has been under contract to Danbury Mint. Terry Gilbreth lives and works in Abilene, Texas. In an effort to make all of his sculptures entirely his work, Terry still operates Warrior Creek Foundry -- where all of his pieces are cast.


Rick Jackson “Childhood’s Great Adventure” “75th Anniversary Sculpture”
In his 26 years of sculpting, Jackson has won many show awards including the Classic, the George Phippin, the Western Regional, and the WRCA Art Show and Sale. Some of his commissions include the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Cutter Animal Health, Bayer Corporation, and St. Anthony’s Hospital. Rick Jackson lives in Mineral Wells, Texas.


Randy Jewart “Abilene Piers”
Randy Jewart was born Sept. 19, 1969, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in English and Education with a Minor in Studio Art from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1992.


Luis Jimenez “Mesteño”
Louis Jimenez was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1940. Luis learned about art by reading books, working in his father’s electric and neon sign shop and visiting museums and murals in Mexico City. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin, and Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City. Jimenez lived and worked from his home/studio, a converted schoolhouse in Hondo, New Mexico. Jimenez died in 2006 when he was injured in an accident in his studio – working on the art he loved.


T. D. Kelsey “Testing the Texas Wind”
T. D. Kelsey was born Jan. 4, 1946, near Bozeman, Montana. T. D’s interest in and promotion of Texas longhorn cattle, maintenance of a wild horse herd on his ranch, passion for Africa and its wildlife, and concern for the conservation of wildlife worldwide have inspired many of his works. Kelsey is a member of the National Sculpture Society, and his work is recognized in many private collections and museums, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Society, the C.M. Russell Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.


Jack Maxwell “Jacob’s Dream”
Jack Maxwell is Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Abilene Christian University where he has taught since 1984. His academic training includes both a B.F.A. in Art and B.S.E.D. in secondary art education. He received his M.F.A. with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Tennessee in 1981


John Brough Miller “Biomorphic Form”
John Brough Miller lives in Argyle, Texas. He received a B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University and an M.F. A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has spent most of his life designing and producing large-scale steel sculptures and teaching.


Nic Noblique “People at Play”
Noblique, known for large metal pieces, has met with many successes in his career as a professional artist. Of note is his large 9,000-pound steel sculpture “Runner” on display at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Noblique devotes much of his time to privately commissioned work. “Old Glory” may be seen at the Mall of Abilene. His work can be found in galleries across the country and abroad. Noblique and his family live in Galveston Island.


Cameron Schoepp “Hats”
Cameron Schoepp has lived in Fort Worth, Texas, for the past 21 years. He received a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Ceramics from Pacific Lutheran University in 1984. He received an M.F.A. in 1987 from Texas Christian University, and currently heads the undergraduate and graduate sculpture program there. Schoepp’s exhibitions include Cameron Schoepp, at Foster Goldstrom Gallery in New York, Metal and Stone: Six Young Artists at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Reveal, Conceal, Contain with Francis Bagley at the Contemporary Art Center in Fort Worth, and Rushmore at the Turner and Runyon Gallery in Dallas, Texas.


Charles Umlauf “Hope for the Future”
Charles Julius Umlauf was born in South Haven, Michigan, in 1911 to French and German immigrant parents, and studied at the Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago School of Sculpture. In 1941, Umlauf and his wife, Angeline, moved to Austin, Texas, where Charles had agreed to join the new art department at the University of Texas as a sculpture instructor. He taught there for 40 years, retiring as professor emeritus in 1981. Umlauf died in 1994.

Umlauf’s work can be seen in public collections and museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.


Bob Wade “Dinosaur Bob”
Bob Wade lives in Austin, Texas, where he was born in 1943. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. As a university art professor Bob was a recipient of three NEA grants and included in biennials in Paris, France; New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.


Charles Wells “The Pig”
Charles Wells lives in Americus, Georgia. He is Assistant Professor of Art, Three Dimensional Studies, at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. He received a B.F.A. from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1997 and his M.F.A. from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1999.


Ben Woitena “Rainmaker”
Born in San Antonio, Texas, 1942, educated at the University of Texas, Austin (B.A. 1964) and the University of Southern California (M.F.A. 1970), Woitena has taught at the Alfred C. Glassel Jr. School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for 14 years, and has served as commissioner on the Houston Municipal Arts Commission for five years. He lives in Houston, Texas.