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"Beautiful................impressive sculpture." Dr. Peter Fusco, Curator of Sculpture, J. Paul Getty Museum "As the heir to the proprietary sculptural formulas of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden's masterful modeling, profound creative vision, and ground-breaking bronze techniques have established her reputation at the forefront of contemporary figurative sculpture." Marie Busco, Ph.D. , Curator and Author, "Rodin and His Contemporaries: The Iris and B.Gerald Cantor Collection" with Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art About the Artist International art critic, Remo Nevi describes M.L. Snowden as a “Great figurative contemporary master whose profound and powerfully realized portfolio places the artist among the world’s most respected representational sculptors at work today.” In 1992 Snowden won the world’s most prestigious sculpture prize, The International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan, hosted in cooperation with the Embassies of Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, The United States and thirty other countries. M.L. Snowden is the sole living inheritor of select 19th century marble carving, finishing, casting and bronze patination techniques from the Paris studios of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié. M..L. Snowden sculpted alongside her father for seventeen years as an apprentice and as a professional in Snowden Studios. In 1990, M.L. Snowden inherited a collection of 38 of the original sculpting tools from the Rodin Studios. Rodin’s tools were bequeathed to M.L. Snowden’s Father by the Swiss sculptor, Robert Georges Eberhard, who was Chairman of the Yale School of Sculpture for almost fifty years and was a professional in Rodin’s studios in the latter part of the 19th century. Eberhard was a mentor to the sculptor’s father, George H. Snowden, N.A. ( 1901-1990). Who Was Who In American Art. G.H. Snowden was a sculpture educator at Yale University for many years and his extensive list of commissioned sculptures now constitute national historic landmarks. The Smithsonian Institution held a retrospective of Snowden sculpture, SCULPTURE IN THE FEDERAL TRIANGLE. Over the last decade, M.L. Snowden has pursued sculpture as an expression of titanic geological phenomena and the impact of mankind on his environment. In 1998 M.L. Snowden was awarded the massive multi million dollar Carano Gordon Atlanta Commission to create the sculptor’s vision for the largest cohesive body of bronze extant in the latter half of the 20th century. The commission to date comprises 100 works ranging to four tons apiece with an edition to 800 works of completed sculpture. In this collection, notable explorations into extrusion, inclusion, advanced gravity pour techniques, innovative chasing protocols, recombinant jeweler and bronze techniques, Snowden’s restructuring of proprietary historic wax and patina formulations and other ground breaking techniques for the art of bronze have been advanced. In Snowden’s GEOLOGICAL COLLECTION, the fine art of bronze is shaped, redefined and celebrated. An ongoing 16 City national tour of M.L.SNOWDEN: THE LEGACY OF RODIN has been made possible by Advanstar International Art Group, Masterpiece Publishing Inc. and other sponsors. In the year 2000, Snowden was commissioned to create the GREAT ANGELS OF THE MAIN ALTAR for the new $200 million Los Angeles Cathedral from a field of 8,000 international portfolios. In addition, Snowden is the sculptor of the ANGEL FRIEZE for the Cathedral’s Visitor’s Center, the first representation of a group of Angels for a permanent public setting in the history of the City of Los Angeles. In 1989, Snowden was named the inaugural winner of the Alex Ettl Grant for”Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture” presented by the National Sculpture Society in New York City. In addition to creating the 14 foot high Glendale Police Memorial for the new $56 million civic plaza in the City of Glendale, Snowden’s lifetime works have been collected by a worldwide investment syndicate to advance the formation of a museum solely dedicated to the perpetual exhibition of Snowden’s ouevre and heritage. Most recently, M.L. Snowden was awarded the inaugural Presidential Order of Merit “In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Betterment of Humanity Through Art,” presented by the Fine Art Foundation with the sculptor’s work recently added to the Presidential art collection at the White House. The sculptor maintains studios in Long Beach, Paris and Austria. Harvard University’s Michael Miller, National Marketing Director emeritus of Butterfields/ Ebay writes, “These are historic works that uncannily unite expressionism’s great inner explosions and outward cataclysms with Europe’s golden age. M.L. Snowden’s art is a glorious fusion - the summary of our age superseded by the vitality of a moment.” Biography M.L. Snowden, the ultimate protégé of Auguste Rodin, has spent her life surrounded by sculpture. Her earliest memories and every waking moment of her life include sculpture. From the age of four, she played in her father’s sculpture studio watching him with the unwavering attention of a child enthralled and enchanted. At the age of seven she began working with clay along side her father. As she grew, she learned Rodin’s transcendental sculpting techniques from her father, George Holburn Snowden, who had in turn been a favored student of Robert George Eberhard, a protégé of the great French sculptors Auguste Rodin, Antonin Mercié and Victor Peters. Each of the generations -- the French masters, Swiss-born Eberhard, and American-born George Snowden -- has contributed to the evolution of a unique heritage of sculpting that finds its contemporary expression through the spectacular works of M.L. Snowden. Part of that heritage comes through the original sculpting tools of Auguste Rodin that have been passed from mentor to protégé for three generations. The tools, some of which she uses in sculpting her own works, are a symbol for Snowden -- a symbol of the awe-inspiring foundation upon which her work is based. They provide a physical connection with the artistic inheritance that has been passed down to her and represent the utter devotion to sculpture of the artists who are part of Rodin’s legacy. Snowden’s own devotion to sculpture has been acknowledged through the awards that have been bestowed upon her and her work. Early in her career, she was awarded post-graduate study grants to the Vatican Collections in Rome, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Louvre in Paris. At the age of 36, she received the inaugural Alex Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society for “Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture”. In 1992, she was awarded the world’s most prestigious sculpture prize -- the International Rodin Competition Special Grand Prize -- for her sculpture “Cataclasis”; which is currently in the permanent collection of the Hakone Museum in Japan and the White House in Washington DC. In 2000, Snowden was commissioned from a field of 8,000 international portfolios, to be the sculptor for the Main Altar of the new 200 million dollar Los Angeles Cathedral dedicated in 2002. For this commission Snowden has created a composition of Angels which uphold the 8 ton main altar. In addition, Snowden is the sculpture of the Angel Frieze for the Cathedral’s visitor center, the first representation of a group of Angels for a permanent public setting in the history of the City of Los Angeles. M.L. Snowden created a 14 foot high Glendale Police Memorial for the new $56 million civic plaza in the city of Glendale, CA. Most recently, M.L. Snowden was awarded the inaugural Presidential Order of merit “In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Betterment of Humanity Through Art” which has been added to the presidential permanent art collection at the White House. M.L. Snowden’s current body of work evokes a geological theme of the impact of mankind on his environment. Snowden’s sculpture humanizes the forces in nature, which lead to the formation and evolution of our Earth. Snowden’s sculptural genius demonstrates itself in her ability to personify these forces and allow the viewer to feel and intuitively understand the phenomena that is otherwise only accessible as an abstract geological science. In the same forms, she communicates the nobler side of man’s endeavors and issues a call to humanity, challenging us to recognize certain truths that are universal to all creation - whether it is organic or geologic in nature.
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• In 2004, ML Snowden completed the commissioned monumental sculpture, which is composed of a three-ton twelve foot high public sculpture installation for the new 56 million dollar Police Plaza for the City of Glendale, California. The Memorial encompasses all that is honorable and pure in the hearts and souls of the men and women who have protected the communities throughout the nation in the past, honors those who continue to do so today, and stands as an inspiring monument and encouragement to those who will do so in the future. • In 2001, ML Snowden received the Inaugural Presidential Order of Merit Award given to her by The Academy of Fine Art Foundation in recognition of significant contributions to International Sculpture. • In 2000, M. L. Snowden was commissioned from a field of 8,000 international sculptors, to be the sculptor for the Main Altar of the new 165 million dollar Los Angeles Cathedral to be dedicated • In 2002. For this commission Snowden has created a composition of Angels, which uphold the 8-ton main altar. Snowden’s Angels are the first depiction of a group of Angels for a permanent public setting in the history of the City of Los Angeles. In Addition, Snowden was commissioned to create a half-ton twelve-foot long bronze frieze of four angels for the Cathedral. • In 1998, Carano Gordon of Atlanta commissioned M.L. Snowden to create her vision for the largest collection of bronzes in contemporary existence. In a continuing program, Snowden has created 28 geological bronzes ranging from one hundred pounds to one-ton weights. • In 1993, M. L. Snowden’s work was purchased for the permanent collection of the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. The National Museum For Women in The Arts in Washington DC and Brookgreen Sculpture Museum in South Carolina, the nation’s largest sculpture garden, maintain permanent archives on M.L. Snowden. • In 1992, M. L. Snowden won the richest and greatest sculpture prize in the world, The International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan. Her work was selected from professional sculptors from 32 countries. Upon receipt of the prize, Snowden has been considered the greatest living sculptor of our time. • In 1989, M.L. Snowden was awarded The Inaugural Alex Ettl Grant for Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture presented by The National Sculpture Society in New York City. • In 1975, M. L. Snowden won Post Graduate Foundation Grants to study at the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Vatican Collections in Rome. • In 1974, M.L. Snowden was an Honors Graduate of Loyola Marymount University. She was one of the first women admitted to the University and among the first women to be elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, The National Jesuit Scholastic Honor Society.
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