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Hi! I'm Kristen. I was born an American citizen in Uruguay, daughter to an American Foreign Service diplomat. I'm a bronze sculptor raised in the United States. I attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD in 1995.
My passionate attention to detail and fluid movement are the distinguishing characteristics reflected in my work. The uniquely ephemeral quality of my bronze compositions capture the fleeting image and carry my stamp of originality. These expressive figurative and animal bronze works range in size from tiny miniature studies to grand public monuments, such as Jacksonville, Florida's Passing The Torch which depicts 1964 Olympic gold medalist and Dallas Cowboy football star, Bob Hayes, hailed as the "fastest man on earth" for 32 years.
Other public works include the award winning ten foot Sea Express of a boy and dolphin for Jacksonville Beach, FL and it’s companion work In Search Of Atlantis of a girl and green turtle in Atlantic Beach. The American Cape- at 12 1/2 feet- is the largest rendition of Alexander Hamilton to date. My exciting new project for Ohio’s Miami University includes 9 seven foot Hall Of Fame football coaches to be installed in the Cradle Of Coaches Plaza by the fall of 2011.
My ability to capture emotion and the accuracy of my work is largely innate. Greatly inspired by the sea, I originally migrated to the Delaware Eastern Shore in 1988 from my hometown in Potomac, MD. After attending the University of Arizona in Tucson and a career in sales and hotel marketing in Washington, DC, I returned to college to earn a BA in Art, summa cum laude, from nearby Salisbury State University in Salisbury, MD. Limited equipment at the University led me to collaborate with two area metal shops where she created several abstract works.
Post graduation, I apprenticed briefly with Virginia Eastern Shore wildlife sculptor William Turner. There, I met a mold maker who directed her the prestigious Johnson Atelier Art Foundry in Mercerville, NJ where he had been an instructor. I embarked on a three year apprenticeship at the foundry to study the technical aspects of Lost Wax Bronze Casting.
As an apprentice at the internationally acclaimed foundry, I honed the skills necessary to create and oversee the production of her bronze sculptures. I was awarded an internship in mold making and subsequently taught a mold workshop. I returned to Delaware’s Eastern Shore in September 1998 to establish her modeling studio on a vineyard in Lewes, DE. I immediately began work on the private twelve and a half foot basketball composition, The Players; an engineering feat with two airborne figures.
My work has become part of many important public and private collections, including her first commissions by the former Vice President of Colonial Williamsburg and the former Merrill Lynch corporation. My 'Jessica' received the Charlotte Dunwiddie Memorial Award for a Realistic Sculpture through the Pen And Brush Club and her bengal tiger, The Prowler, won the Gold Medal Of Honor at the National Arts Club in New York city.
I was a frequent participant of the former annual Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Park Curator's Auction in Murrells Inlet, SC and my work has been exhibited at the Lincoln Center, The Pen and Brush Club, the National Sculpture Society, and the National Arts Club in New York City, as well as the Symposium For The Preservation And Biology Of Sea Turtles in Orlando, Florida, the Woodburn Governor's Mansion in Dover, Delaware, the Easton Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD, and the Ward Wildfowl Museum in Salisbury, MD. Visbal is a member of National Sculpture Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, Pen and Brush Club and the Allied Artists Of America, all in New York City.
I continue to focus on public sculpture in her Lewes, Delaware studio and will soon develop a series of work which seeks to distort realism through motion and will, in fact, realize motion in its most literal interpretation. Most recently my "Fearless Girl" sculpture ascended on New York's Wall Street on March 8, 2017 in celebration of International Women’s Day. What happened next was miraculous. People around the world wanted to know where she came from. “Fearless Girl” was meant to be a temporary display, but New York mayor Bill de Blasio recently prolonged her stay until at least 2018.
Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, January 31st at 11:00am ET.
Kristen Visbal was born an American citizen in Uruguay, daughter to an American Foreign Service diplomat. A bronze sculptor raised in the United States, she attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD [...]