Born in Illinois on July 3, 1940, George Carlson studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Arizona, Tucson. His work has been exhibited at the Governor’s Invitational, Denver, Colorado; the Denver Museum of Natural History; the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Arts; the National Academy of Design; the Phoenix Art Museum; the Smithsonian Institution; and the Autry Museum.
Recognized as one of America’s greatest sculptors, Carlson is also a master at using pastels and oils. His art has been shown internationally at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the Kyoto World Exposition of Historical Cities, Japan; and the Peking Exhibit, Beijing, China. His works are in many prominent collections. In 1999, Carlson received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho. Southwest Art and Wildlife Art magazines both featured his work in 2002.
In 2017 Carlson received the Gene Autry Memorial Award at the Masters of the American West and was one of eight artists showcased in Woolaroc Museum’s The Best of the Best Retrospective Exhibit and Sale. In 2016 he won the Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale and the Gene Autry Memorial Award, Sponsored by Jay H. Grodin, at the Masters of the American West. At the 2015 Masters, he won the Masters of the American West Purchase Award and the Ross and Billie McKnight Artists’ Choice Award, in Honor of John J. Geraghty, for his painting Witness of Time. He won the Booth Western Art Museum Artists’ Choice Award at the 2012 Masters; received both the Booth Western Art Museum Artists’ Choice Award and the Masters of the American West Purchase Award at the 2010 Masters; and at the 2009 Masters he won the Booth Western Art Museum Artists’ Choice Award. At the 2005 Masters he was honored with the John J. Geraghty Award in recognition of his advancement of contemporary Western art and his sculpture The Conqueror won the Masters of the American West Purchase Award.
At the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Carlson won the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and the Prix de West Purchase Award in 2011 and 1975.
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