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Jan Mapes (b. 1954)  Artworks >>

Jan Mapes' studio is located on a ranch on the Great Plains of Colorado. She and her husband Jim primarily train cutting horses. A large part of Jan's inspiration for her artistry is the direct result of living a traditional western lifestyle. Through this daily exposure, she has developed a feel for nature and animals that is evident in her work. Whether it's sculpting cowboys, horses, or wildlife, Jan strives to capture the movement, flow and emotion of the movement. "I intend to never stop growing in my sensitivity towards nature, always taking my time to appreciate life." Recognized as an outstanding sculptor, Jan has won Best of Sculpture at the Scottsdale Arts School Show twice. She was also awarded the Grand Prize for Excellence and the Gold Medal for Sculpture at the Knickerbocker Artist 45th Grand International Open Exhibition. Her work has been featured at Sculpture in the Park and Invitational Show and Sale, Loveland, CO; Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, AZ; Coors Western Art Exhibition, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO; Desert Caballeros Western Museum's "Rising Stars 2001" Exhibition, Wickenburg, AZ; and the Colorado Governor's Invitational Art Show & Sale, Loveland, CO. In May 2004 at the 30th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Jan was awarded the prestigious Foundation Award for her bronze entitled Home Schoolin which the museum purchased, the 3rd place Sculpture Award for her bronze entitled Hobbled, and the Phippen Family Award for her works displayed at the show. Most recently Artist Jan Mapes was awarded Best of Show along with the Museum Purchase award at the Cowgirl Up show on March 23, 2007 in Wickenburg, AZ. The show featured top western and wildlife women artists from around the country. The award winning bronze sculpture titled “Not Today” measures 14" x 18" x 28"h. The piece portrays a bronc that has won the battle between him and the cowboy and is saying “Not Today”. It will be placed in the permanent collection at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Commissioned works include a monument entitled Body and Soul for the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, dedicated in April 2000; the Colorado Stallion Breeders Futurity; the All American Limousin Association; the All-American Limousin Futurity Limited Edition Bronzes; the National Cutting Horse Association Zane Shulte Memorial Award; and the National Cutting Horse Association World Record High Score Award; along with the official National Cutting Horse Association trophy. Recent Publications include: Southwest Art, Performance Horse Magazine, Art Talk, Wildlife Art, and Cattle Guard. SOURCE; ARTIST's WEBSITE

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