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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: sculptor-horse, animal portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted February 2005, is from the artist.

Born: Denver, Colorado 1943.
Education: Fort Morgan High School, Fort Morgan, Colorado, graduated 1962
Married high school sweetheart, Tom Weimer, 1964.
Paralegal for 15 years in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Owned horse training facilities with Tom and raised Quarter horses between 1962-1982.
Self-schooled by pouring over hundreds of art instruction books every chance she could.
Began her career as a painter in 1985. Sculpting became her passion in 1991.

At an early age of seven Dawn (Griswold) Weimer announced to her parents she was going to be an artist and have horses when she grew up. The dream of horses became a reality when she married high-school sweetheart, Tom Weimer, who owned several registered Quarter horses. Together they were involved in rodeo and training horses while Dawn Weimer also spent fifteen years as a paralegal. Dawn's obvious "art education" came unconventionally on horseback! Twenty years of raising and training registered Quarter Horses equipped her with an understanding of horse anatomy and behavior. She feels that background translated into a greater knowledge of animal anatomy and behavior in general.

Upon leaving the paralegal field, she found time to again pursue the rest of her dream, and she began painting; being commissioned for many years for animal portraiture. "One particular day, I caught myself flipping over a photograph to see the opposite side of a dog I was painting for commission. I felt so foolish", she laughs, "but it was then I realized I was seeking more...the third dimension." This seemingly unconscious event opened the field of sculpture to Weimer; she produced her first bronze in 1991 and hasn't picked up a paint brush since.

Weimer's style is realistic, yet expressive, with the goal of maintaining exceptional integrity and quality in every sculpture. Exhibiting intense sensitivity to "touching the spirit" she immortalizes her subjects in the forever medium of bronze. Every detail of each casting has her explicit attention to conform to her strict standards and assure complete satisfaction to the most discriminating collector.

Developing a reputation for sculpting classical animal and figurative limited edition bronze sculpture, Dawn Weimer has completed several monumental bronze sculptures, which puts her among the few women sculptors who have created monumental-size bronzes.

CORPORATE / MUSEUM / MUNICIPAL COLLECTIONS
Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
City of Greeley, Greeley, CO
Mountain View High School, Loveland, CO
Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO (Primrose Burro Project)
Fort Collins Public Library, Fort Collins, CO
American Quarter Horse Museum, Amarillo, TX
Municipal Sculpture Gardens, City of Westminster, CO
Fort Morgan Public Library, Fort Morgan, CO
Ellis/Liestman, ARK Agency, Paynesville, MN
Bliss Industries Inc, International Headquarters, Ponca City, OK
Express Personnel Services, Intl. Headquarters, Oklahoma City, OK

COMMISSIONS
Good Samaritan Village, Fort Collins, CO
Humane Society of Boulder, Boulder, CO
The RanchNew Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland, CO
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (Ram Proud Project)
Morgan Community College, Fort Morgan, CO
Shaner Hotel Group, Savery Hotel, Des Moines, IA
Schamberger Family, Fort Collins, CO
Fort Morgan Museum, Fort Morgan, CO
North American Horsemen's Association, Paynesville, MN
United Medical Center Foundation, Cheyenne, WY
Ellis/Liestman, ARK Agency, Paynesville, MN
Good Samaritan Village of Loveland, CO

FEATURED ARTICLES
Southwest Art, Carved, Chiseled & Cut, Sculpture Portfolio 7/03
Millionaire Magazine, Feature Article, January 2002
Women to Remember of Northern Colorado, Ahlbrandt/Hagen, Pg 118
Unforgettable Mutts, Annie-The Railroad Dog, Derrico, Page 38
Loveland Reporter-Herald 3/98, 8/98, 8/99, 6/00,8/00,12/00,7/01,1/02,8/02,9/02
Fort Morgan Times 10/97, 4/99,12/00, 5/01,1/02,03
Rocky Mountain News 10/01
Greeley Tribune, 5/98, 6/00, 8/03
Colorado Voice 3/98, 2/00, 7/00
Fort Collins Coloradoan 2/98, 4/98, 7/98, 2/99, 8/99, 7/00,12/00,8/02
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle 3/97; 7/'00
KUSA Channel 9 2/98, 8/98, 8/99,12/00
KCNC Channel 4 12/00, 9/01
Channel 14 3/98, 6/98, 8/98,12/00
Denver Post 8/'99,12/00
Wildlife Art, Profile, July/Aug '97, Nov/Dec 00
Great Falls Tribune, MT 3/97, 3/98, 3/99
Western Horseman 11/95, 12/99
North American Horsemen's Association Yearbook '98
The Horseman Magazine, 11/98
Art Revue, Summer '96, '98, '02
Canine Images, 10/98
1998 Featured Artist, Annual MS Holiday Art Auction
Equine Image, June/July 1998
Cover Artist Chronicle of the Horse 6/95, 1/98
Southwest Art, Emerging Artists 5/96, Best of the West 12/97
Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University '96, '97
Cover/Feature Artist North American Horsemen's Assoc. Yearbook, '96
1996 Featured Artist American Red Cross & Artists Charitable Fund
Art of the West July/August '94, Sept/Oct '01

AWARDS
Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit, Henderson, Kentucky 2000
El Dorado Gallery Miniature Juried Art Show, Co Springs, CO 1999
This Is Colorado Exhibit, Denver, CO 1998
Western Heritage Artists Exhibit, Great Falls, MT 1997, 1998
Western Spirit Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY 1997
Equine Artist of Distinction, North American Horsemen's Assoc., MN 19996
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Show, NYC, 1992, 1997
University of Southern Colorado, Gala Celebrity, Pueblo, CO 1997
Draft Horse Classic, Grass Valley, CA 1996
Sculpture in Manitou, Manitou Springs, CO 1996
Trails West Annual Western Art Exhibit, Vancouver, WA 1994, 1995
Pen & Brush Annual Sculpture Exhibition, NYC, 1994
American Artists Professional League Exhibition, NYC 1993
Safari Club International, Chicago 1993




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