Walter T. Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in biology and art design.
He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, and a Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Birds in Art exhibition. His work has been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and Blair House, the United States President’s guest house, in Washington, D.C.
In 2017 Matia received the Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Award at the 36th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Evelyn and Peter Haller Memorial Award for Sculpture at the Society of Animal Artists’ 57th Annual Exhibition. In 2016 he won the Pat Munson Award for Avian Sculpture from the National Sculpture Society. In 2015 he was one of seven artists showcased in Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve’s retrospective exhibition, The Best of the Best: Contemporary Wildlife Art. In 2015 and 2011 he won the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award for Exceptional Artistic Merit for Wildlife Sculpture at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale.
At the Autry’s 2014 Masters of the American West, he won the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture and at the 2013 Masters both the InSight Gallery Thomas Moran Memorial Award and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture. He received a Silver Medal at the Phoenix Museum’s 2013 West Select Invitational Sale and Exhibition, and the Red Smith Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art Museum’s Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale in both 2013 and 2004. In 2007 he was awarded the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture at Masters, and the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum named Matia its 2007 Master Wildlife Artist.
In 2011 Matia completed a commission for two 12-foot American bald eagles in Alexandria, Virginia, and three 7-foot American bald eagles for locations in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. In 2004 he completed a 12-foot-diameter bronze sundial commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History that depicts the evolution of life.
Walter T. Matia is represented by Collectors Covey, Dallas, Texas; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana; and Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming.
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