At age 23, shortly after taking up the art of classic sculpture, Benjamin Victor received his first large commission to sculpt a trio of soldiers for a War Memorial in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At age 26, he then became the youngest artist ever to have a sculpture dedicated in our Nation’s foremost collection, the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. His tribute to Sarah Winnemucca, a celebrated humanitarian and the first Native American woman to publish a book in English, stands in a pose echoing the Statue of Liberty. Less than a decade later, in March of 2014, Victor became the only living artist to have two works in National Statuary Hall, a feat that has earned him a place in history.
Now Victor has brought his talent and passion for sculpture, along with his multi-million dollar collection of artwork, to Boise State University. Benjamin Victor Studios officially opened in April 2015 on the Boise State campus. The 9,000-square-foot studio and gallery is the first of its kind in the country — an interactive space where students can learn from a living master and the general public is welcome to peruse towering nine-foot-tall bronze and marble sculptures and larger-than-life busts, as well as works in progress and at least 15 priceless clay originals from which bronze versions of Victor’s most famous sculptures are cast.
“Boise State is the only place in the country where students and the public can see these great works of art, which are spread across the globe.”Benjamin Victor
Victor is a multiple winner of the prestigious Art Renewal Center Salon, an international competition featuring entries from 2,500 of the best contemporary realist artists in the world. Art critics and organizations, including the National Sculpture Society in New York City, continue to recognize the aesthetic and conceptual integrity of Victor’s artwork. His passion and drive clearly show in each of his unique and profound creations. With expressive features, exquisite detail, and thought-provoking content, the work of Benjamin Victor is sure to take its place among the great masterpieces of art history.
“Without a doubt, Ben is an enormously talented artist. His works transcend their reference to nature as they evoke a variety of emotions. His insights into the human condition and his ability to give form to his concepts are reflective of thorough research and a mastery of his craft.”Dr. Ronald Silverman, former Director of Art Education, Getty Institute of Art
Interested parties are encouraged to call ahead and make reservations to get a full tour or a chance to see Victor at work on new commissions in the studio.