A native of South Dakota, Edward Hlavka developed an early passion and natural ability for sculpture. While still in grade school his work was included in the "South Dakota Outstanding Young Artist Traveling Exhibition". As a teenager, he toured Italy and was influenced by the works of the Renaissance masters. After Attending College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, he continued to hone his skills with various workshops, classes, apprecticeships and an inexhaustible desire. Hlavka's work has been exhibited at prestigious national shows including the National Sculpture Society's "Masquerade" exhibition" at the Tower of Americas in New York and Cheyenne's Old West Museum Show, for which he received the Gallery's Choice Award and a first place sculpture award. Other awards include a Members and Associated Award from Allied Artists of America. His works can be found in galleries and private collections across the nation. Hlavka's commissions include President George Bush, President Thomas Jefferson; President Richard M. Nixon; Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis mounted on his horse, Christ with Children, and the Sundance kid, Helen Keller, two Oneida tribe members with George Washington installed at the American Indian Museum at the Smithsonian. Mr. Hlavka is a member of the allied Artists of America and a professional member of the National Sculpture Society. Artist's Objective: To create not only a good likeness of a man, but to capture the essence of him. Qualifications: Mr. Hlavka is proud to have been commissioned to create many portraits including President George W. Bush and President Richard Nixon. He provides professional service backed by years of experience, with exactness of detail and strong figurative design. Recent Commissions: 2004 Tribute to the Oneida Tribe, installed at Smithsonian American Indian Museum 2003 "President Martin Vanburne" Life-size portrait. Commissioned by the City of Presidents, Radip City, SD 2002 "President Richard Nixon", Life-size portrait. Commissioned by The City of Presidents, Rapid City, SD 2002 "Ten foot tall Tahitian Man, two life-size Tahitian adults and four life-size Tahitian children. Commissioned by, Morinda Inc., Orem, Utah. 2002 "Christ with Children", Life-size portrait of Christ with eight children. Commissioned by the Episcopal Church of Palm Desert, CA. 2001 "Native American Children and Fountain", Two life-size children and custom fountain. Commissioned by Nu Skin Corporation, Page, AZ. 2001 "Colonel Sturgis" Larger than life-size portrait. Commissioned by the City of Presidents, Rapid City, SD. Also purchased for the City of Chicago Art Collection. 2001 "President Thomas Jefferson", Life-size portrait. Commissioned by the City of Presidents, Rapid City, SD. Also purchased for the City of Chicago Art Collection. 2001 "Archangel Michael", Half-life size portrait. Commissioned by Fatima Shrine, Alexandria, SD. 2001 "The Anthony Children", Two children seated on a log. Commissioned by Chris Anthony, Palm Desert, CA. 2001 "The Storyteller", Life-size portrait of a woman reading to three children. Commissioned by Ed and Peg Selgicog for the Rapid City library in South Dakota. 2000 "The Sundance Kid", Life-size portrait of the Sundance kid. Commissioned by the Sundance Wyoming Arts Council. 1999 "Christ with Children", Life-size portrait of Christ holding two children. Commissioned by The House of Mary Shrine, Yankton, SD. 1999 "President George Bush", Life-size portrait. Commissioned by The City of Presidents, Rapid City, SD. 1999 "Betty Jean Nelson", Heroic Bust. Commissioned by High Plains Heritage Center Museum, Spearfish, SD. 1998 "Merlin and Dragon" Life-size dragon. Commissioned by Excalibur Resort, Las Vegas, NV. 1998 "Griffins", Heroic size. Commissioned by Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV. 1998 "Seasons Shield" Bas Relief. Commissioned by Wenger Manufacturing, Sabetha, KS. 1997 "Taylor", Life-size portrait. Commissioned by The Peterson Family Trust, Loveland, CO. Education: 1991 Professional Sculptors Workshop in Figurative Realism. Martine Vaugel, France. 1991 Figurative Sculpture Workshop, Fritz White, Loveland, CO. 85-87 Apprenticeship. George Lundeen, Loveland, CO 84-85 College of Art and Design. Minneapolis, MN Exhibitions: 84-02 Sculpture In The Park. Juried show. LHPAC, Loveland, CO 00-02 Old West Museum Show. Juried Show, Cheyenne, WY 2001 One Man Show Old West Museum. Cheyenne, WY 00-02 Sears Invitational Art Show. Juried show, St. George, UT 2000 2000 Reasons to Love the Earth. Juried show, The Hague, The Netherlands 1999 National Sculpture Society's "Masquerade Exhibition". America's Towers, New York City, NY Awards: 2002 Best of Show Sculpture. Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY 2001 First Place Sculpture. Dixie Invitational Art Show, St. George, UT 2000 Gallery's Choice Award. Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY 1996 Winner of International Internet Fine Arts Contest. Art Network 1991 Honorable Mention. Cherry Creek Arts Festival 1989 Members and Associates Award. Allied Artists of America A native of South Dakota, Edward Hlavka developed an early passion and natural ability for sculpture. While still in grade school his work was included in the "South Dakota Outstanding Young Artist Traveling Exhibition". He toured Italy as a teenager and was influenced by the master sculptors of the Renaissance. After attending the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Hlavka continued to hone his skills in various workshops including a study of portrait and figurative realism in France under the direction of Martine Vaugel. His sculptures are proudly on display in private collections and fine art galleries throughout the United States. Hlavka's most recent commissions include a monument of Christ with two children, President George Bush, President Thomas Jefferson, President Richard M. Nixon, Colonel Sturgis depicted atop his horse, and the Sundance Kid. Hlavka's work ranges from natural wildlife to Western themes, with impressive studies in American political history. He is perhaps best known for his extreme attention to detail and his graceful figurative design.