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The sculptures of Rose Van Vranken are primarily based on nature-plants, sea forms, animals, rocks and people. The semi-abstract forms are designed to capture the basic spirit or essence of the subject, and are influenced by early Greek, Chinese and Egyptian Art. The fundamental technique is direct carving in stone or wood. Bronze castings are made from these carvings. Besides the carvings, Van Vranken has experimented with other material and has made castings in handmade paper, polyester resin and fiberglass, and has combined techniques of carving and modeling together.
Raised in Southern California, Van Vranken was exposed at an early age to the excitement of the Los Angeles art scene. The Arts Student League in New York City was a major factor in her development as an artist. Van Vranken spent three years at the Art Students League studying sculpture with master carvers William Zorach and Robert Laurent. She also had a scholarship in Art History at New York University's Graduate Institute of Fine Art. From New York, Rose Van Vranken went to the University of Iowa, where she earned an M.A. Degree in Sculpture.
The sculpture and graphics of Rose Van Vranken have been exhibited throughout the United States in many major national and regional shows and have won many awards. Etchings were selected for a touring exhibition in Europe by the National Association of Women Artists and were shown in the Stedelijke Museum in Amsterdam and in five other museums. The U.S. State Department has included Van Vranken Sculpture in its Art in Embassies Program.
Recent Exhibitions and Awards: Louisiana State University - 16th International Exhibition on Animals in Art, April 2003. Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA - 4th Annual National Exhibition, 2003. International Platform Association, annual exhibitions in Washington D.C. - 1st prize for sculpture in 2001, 1995, 1987, Best of Show gold medal in 1990. Salmagundi Club, New York - over 20 awards since being elected to membership in 1980 - Elliot Liskin Award for Sculpture, 2001, 2nd prize sculpture in 1999, Paul Manship award 1998, St. Gaudens Award 1997, Exhibition of Award Winning Art, 2001. Olbrich Gardens, Madison, Wl - One person sculpture show, 30 pieces of sculpture, Summer 2000. Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NJ - National Association of Women Artists juried sculpture exhibition, Summer 2001. Art Center of Sarasota, NAWA, juried exhibition, November-December 2000. West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, Wl - Centennial Exhibition of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, December 2000-January 2001. Marion Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - Sculptures Exhibited, 2000. Period Gallery, Omaha, NE - Award of Excellence, International juried exhibition, Winter 2000.
Early awards include a 1st prize for sculpture from the Los Angeles County Museum, 1st prizes from the Des Moines Art Center, two bronze medals for sculpture from the Oakland Art Center, awards for graphics and sculpture from the Walker Art Center and the Joslyn Museum and a Medal of Honor for graphics from the National Association of Women Artists, and Medal of Honor in Sculpture, Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA.
Significant Collections: Coventry Cathedral, Coventry England; St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, University of Iowa; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Mitchell Energy Corporation, Houston; John Whitney Payson Family collection, New York City; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas; Robert Mosbacher, Houston; Walter Sterling, Houston; Dr. and Mrs. John Benfield, Los Angeles; Walter Ross Collection, Palm Beach, Florida; Jacquelyn Mitchard, Madison, Wisconsin; Attorney Mark W. Smith, Austin, Texas; Dr. Atef Daniel, Geneva, Switzerland; Texas Commerce Bank, Houston; M.D, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Samuel Barker Collection, Birmingham, Alabama; Finial Investment Corporation, Houston; Crowne Plaza Hotels, Houston; Maryville Academy, Chicago; Biblical Art Center Museum, Dallas; University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; Texas Investment Bank, Houston; Pomona College, Claremont, California; Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; Brand Library, Glendale, California; Salmagundi Club Collection, New York City; Houston Baptist University, Houston; McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas.
The work of Van Vranken can be seen at the following galleries & web sites:
Museum of Biblical Art
Museum Opens New Outdoor Sculpture Garden
Artist Rose Van Vranken is featured in a new outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Van Vranken is known for her semi-abstract renderings in bronze. She studied at the famous Art Student's League in New York, and was trained under renowned sculpting instructors including William Zorach and Robert Laurent.
The series of sculptures are featured throughout the Bible Garden on the grounds of the Biblical Arts Center, across from Nieman-Marcus at North Park in Dallas. Most notable is the award winning "Flame" series based on the use of fire as a spiritual metaphor. Her sculpture is highly reminiscent of Henry Moore and has been featured in galleries for over fifty years.
"The work of Rose Van Vranken evokes a pleasure that is deep within us, our primitive desires and thoughts are satiated. She has taken very complex spiritual concepts and creates simple and profound statements through her sculpture", states Museum Curator Scott Peck. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public in the Bible Garden of the Biblical Arts Center.
Museum of Biblical Art - The Biblical Arts Center