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6209 Mineral Pt. Road, Suite 1206-08
Madison, WI 53705
The sculpture forms of Rose Van Vranken are primarily based on nature—plants, sea forms, animals, rocks, and people. The semi-abstract forms are designed to capture the basic spirit or essence of the subject and are influenced by early Greek, Chinese, and Egyptian art. The fundamental technique is direct carving in stone or wood. Bronze castings are made from the carvings.
The Art Students League in New York City was the major factor in her development as an artist. Van Vranken spent three years there studying sculpture with master carvers William Zorach and Robert Laurent.
Van Vranken's sculpture and graphics have been exhibited throughout the United States in many major national and regional shows and have won many awards. Her most recent awards include First Prize for Sculpture in 2001 and 1995, and Gold Medal and Best of Show in 1990 from the International Platform Association, Washington, DC; the Medal of Honor from the Academic Artists Association 1985 Exhibition, Springfield, MA; and thirty awards for sculpture from the Salmagundi Club in New York City. (She was elected to membership in 1979.) Early awards include a First Prize for sculpture from the Los Angeles County Museum, First Prizes from the Des Moines and Madison Art Centers, two bronze medals for sculpture from the Oakland Art Center, awards for graphics and sculpture from the Walker Art Center and the Joslyn Museum, and a Medal of Honor for graphics from the National Association of Women Artists. She recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Sculptors Dominion at its 2nd Annual Exhibit of Outdoor and Monumental Sculpture in San Antonio, TX.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director