Arts Commission presents first Lifetime Achievement Award
Vancouver, WA – The Clark County Arts Commission has honored Battle Ground sculptor Austin Barton with its first annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
Donna Roberge of the arts commission and Commissioner Steve Stuart, chair of the Board of County Commissioners, presented the award to Barton Tuesday during the board’s regular meeting.
Previously a commercial artist, Barton turned to bronze sculpting nearly 30 years ago. His pieces, created in his home along the Lewis River, depict Wild West images of cowboys and horses, many from his own experience growing up in a pioneer family in eastern Oregon.
In 2010, the Pendleton Roundup celebrated its 100th anniversary by commissioning Barton to create a bronze bucking horse that mirrors its famous logo.
A U.S. Navy veteran, former barber, logger, milk hauler and dam builder, Barton cast his first bronze at age 56. His works stand in the city hall of Joseph, Ore., downtown Tumwater and galleries from Jackson Hole, Wyo. to Santa Fe, N.M. They are collected throughout the United States and abroad.
To learn more and see some of Barton’s work, go to www.clark.wa.gov/CVTVfocus.html.
For more on the arts commission, go to www.clarkcountyartscommission.org.
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