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|Growing up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, T.D. Kelsey came from a
family that loved animals, and this interest is expressed in his
sculpture. In October 2004, he was elected to the Cowboy Artists
of America, a group of western painters and sculptors who hold an
annual exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Kelsey is also a
member of the National Sculpture Society. |
Before pursuing his
fine-art career, Kesey was a United Airlines pilot, but quit in 1979 to
do full-time sculpting. He also trains and shows cutting horses.
His work is on permanent display at Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at Cody, Wyoming.
monumental commissions include the St. Louis Zoo, the National Museum
of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and the Buffalo Bill Historical
Center's Draper Museum of Natural History. Kelsey was the Honored
Guest Artist at the 2003 C.M. Russell Show & Auction.
family promoted longhorn cattle and, reflecting their commitment to
wildlife preservation, maintained a wild herd of horses. Today his
studio gallery is on the Kelsey ranch, which is outside of Pompey's
Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2003
Art-Talk, November-December 2004, p. 18
|Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, V:|
|T.D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, and married his
high school sweetheart, Sid, in 1964. He rodeoed for many years
in rough stock events and team roping. Presently, T.D. trains and
shows his own cutting horses. He worked as a commercial pilot for
United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his
Interests in promotion of Texas longhorn cattle,
maintenance of a wild horse herd on their ranch, passion for Africa and
its wildlife, and concern for conservation of wildlife worldwide have
inspired many of his works.
Kelsey is a fellow member of the National Sculpture Society, a member
of the Cowboy Artists of America, and was honored with a one-man show
at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum and the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum.
One of his works was chosen for the Master Works of American Sculpture
He has placed several monumental pieces both private and public. These include Texas Gold, located in the historic Stock Yards area of Fort Worth, Texas; Briargate Mustangs in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Royal Challenge for Cabela's in Sidney, Nebraska; The Plainsman for the Denver Buffalo Company in Denver, Colorado; Change of Seasons and Swamp Donkey at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; DagaBoys at the St. Louis Zoo; Swamp Donkey for Loveland, Colorado Benson Park; Free Fall for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center; and On the Wind
for Colorado Historical Society in Denver, Texas Interpretive Center in
Abilene, and the Owensboro Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.
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