Walter T. Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in biology and art design.
After graduation he worked in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later for the Nature Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings, in 1984.
Matia is a Master Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and a Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Birds in Art exhibition. He is a regular participant at the Autry’s Masters of the American West, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West, and Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Matia’s sculptures are exhibited at the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; the Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; the Thomas Gilcrease Art Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Wichita Botanical Gardens, Wichita, Kansas; the Cleveland Zoo and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio; the American Kennel Club Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; NFL Texans Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas; and Blair House, the Guest House of the U.S. President, Washington, D.C.
He has received the Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists; the National Sculpture Society’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals; the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s “Red” Smith Award; Birds in Art Master Wildlife Artist designation; the Prix de West’s Pitman Wildlife Award for Exceptional Artistic Merit, and the Masters of the American West’s Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture and James R. Parks Trustees’ Purchase Award.
Artist/sculptor friend William Reese writes, “Walter Matia is a man who possesses a great vision of the world around him. That great vision, honest work, strong drive, and a refusal to settle for second best are what make a Matia sculpture stand above most others.”
Matia resides in Dickerson, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, son, and two Labradors.
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