A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of world’s foremost wildlife sculptors. He studied at the Swedish University College of Art in Stockholm. He also worked at museums in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. He was curator at the Botswana National Museum and Gallery and in the United States at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He has made his home permanently in the U.S., where he now lives on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas. He also maintains a studio in Loveland, Colorado.
Ullberg is a member of Allied Artists of America, the American Society of Marine Art, the National Academy of Western Art, the National Arts Club, the National Sculpture Society, Nature in Art, and the Society of Animal Artists. In 1990 his peers in the National Academy of Design elected him a full Academician (NA).
In 2017 Ullburg and Lars Jonsson were honored with a two-person retrospective exhibition, titled Måleri och Skulptur (Painting and Sculpture) at Millesgården Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2016 Ullburg received a Living Legacy Award at the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi’s Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award Dinner and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Animal Artists. In 2014 he was honored with retrospectives at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum and Brookgreen Gardens. His most recent monumental installation is Snowmastodon, a life-size bronze commissioned by and placed outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In 2013 Ullberg was awarded the Margaret Hexter Prize from the National Sculpture Society. He won the Autry National Center Award for Wildlife at the 2004 Masters of the American West.
Best known for the monumental works he has executed for museums and municipalities from Stockholm, Sweden, to Cape Town, South Africa, his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Omaha, Nebraska installations are the largest wildlife bronze compositions ever done, spanning several city blocks. Both earned him the coveted Henry Hering Medal Award from the National Sculpture Society.
Kent Ullberg is represented by Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Nantucket, Massachusetts; Corpus Christi Art Connection, Corpus Christi, Texas; Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Pitzer’s Fine Arts, Wimberley, Texas; Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona; and Wiford Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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