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 Peter "Fritz" Fritts Felten, Jr.  (1933 - )



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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: stone carved sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
While serving in the Navy from 1952-56, Peter Felten visited art museums on the east and west coasts and in Hawaii. He attended an art league school in New York for a short time and then began sculpting and taking classes at Fort Hays State University. 

His studio is the Stone Gallery in Hays, Kansas. Two of his best-known works are Monarch of the Plains, a larger-than-life-sized replica of a buffalo bull carved from a 24-ton block of limestone and located outside of Hays, and Pioneer Family Statue installed in Oberlin in 1971.

Kansas State Capitol; Emprise Bank Collection
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery
Lincoln (KS) Art Center
Sculptures in Hays, Oberlin, Atwood, Victoria, Stockton, Norton, Ness City
Protection on the Fort Hays State campus, and at the WaKeeney Courthouse
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wichita Art Museum’s Library Artists’ Files; Kansas! (2nd issue, 1967, 4th issue, 1971, 3rd issue, 1973).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas

Two black and white photographs show the statue of Amelia Earhart being moved into the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statue,sculpted by artist Peter F. Felten Jr., of Hays, Kansas, was placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.

Date: July 23, 1981

Kansas Historical Society

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery:
Pete Felten

Pete Felten was born in 1933 and has spent most of his life in Kansas. He was twenty-four before he attempted sculpture. After his military service, art courses at Fort Hays State University offered the opportunity for stone carving.

Felten carves mainly in limestone. However finding quality limestone is difficult. Building limestone is usually soft, thin, and may have large fossils embedded in it. He finds good sculpture stone in torn down buildings, old tombstones and their bases.
He says, “What motivates an artist to embark on a project that will take much of his time and thinking, but has no guarantee of sale? An artist works because he is able to work, because he has something to say although it may be difficult to put into words. He works because he has something to show us, of which to make us aware. That is why seeing art is enlightening and pleasurable. Viewing great art can be deeply moving and enriching.”

Today, Pete Felten works steadily at his sculpture. His work is found throughout the Midwest. Many monumental size pieces are part of Kansas cities’ tribute to people of importance to their history.

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