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Media Description: sculpture and Bronze

Brad Rude (b. 1964)
Artist Brad Rude was born in Montana and has lived in Walla Walla, Washington most of his life. His journeys through his grandfather's folk art studio left him with images of horses and carriages - his first carved horse still holds a place of prominence in his studio, next to his extensive collections of found objects, books, pictures and anything that might inspire him. His passion for living in the country - his home and studio are tucked beneath Walla Walla's Blue Mountains - instill a deep love of the Northwest, a concern for the human condition as well as Nature's well-being. His art can be viewed as a simple offering of beauty; as renderings of Mother Nature's creatures-dogs, rhinos, lion, cows, and horses, to name a few. Or one can see each animal, the artist's most prominent subject, surrounded by emblems of the human emotions of uncertainty, danger, and joy. His art and creatures take form in sculptures which now reside on the sidewalks of downtown Walla Walla, in the Walla Walla Foundry's breezeway, and in the collections of Microsoft, Nordstrom, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, the Boise Art Museum, and others.


"You could make a case that Rude's work is somewhere between western realism, abstract openness, and the notebook of an anthropologist in The Twilight Zone. His bronze sculptures often begin with a vague notion and random objects. He mixes and matches and watches where the story leads him."

Southwest Art
July 2003
Wild Kindgom by Derek James

PUBLIC WORKS AND AWARDS
2004-2008 Washington State University, purchase award, Pullman, WA Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation Commission of 5 stops on rail line. District of Oregon, Portland, OR
2002-2003 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Skagit Valley Community College, Oak Harbor, WA
1998-1999 Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
1997-1998 Seattle Arts Commission Special Project/Residency: Artwork at Woodland Park Zoo
1996-1998 Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, Oregon, lobby commission
1995 Washington State Arts Commission, Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Chinook Primary/Alki Middle School, Vancouver School District, Vancouver, WA
1992 Washington State Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts, $5,000 Two Dimensional Artist Fellowship Award
1992 Commission of life sized deer and a log City of Auburn, WA 1992 Commission of life sized donkey, rocks, and a bird, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITONS
2006 The West, Foundry Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
Brad Rude, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Brad Rude, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Brad Rude, Meyer Gallery, Jackson, WY
2003 Restless, Atelier 31, Seattle, WA
Wild Kingdom, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2002 New Sculpture and Paintings, Atelier 31, Kirkland, WA
Brad Rude, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Brad Rude, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
2001 Assortment, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR
2000 Brad Rude, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Brad Rude, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Machinery, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR
1998-1999 Original Nature*, traveling museum exhibition: The Holter Museum, Helena, MT
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Pritchard Art Gallery, Moscow, ID
1998 Yet Untraveled, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1997 On Their Own, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA
1996 A Place To Go, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1995 Through The Ages, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
In The Midst, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1993 Mixing Visions, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Mind and Beast, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Eloquent Flower X, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Group Show, Foundry Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
2004 Jim Dine and Sculpture from the Walla Walla Foundry*, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2003 Birds, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2001 Wood/Tree, Gallatin River Gallery, Galatin Gateway, MT
The Animal in Contemporary Art*, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
1999 Artist's of the Rural Landscape, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
1998 Artists of the Blue Mountains, Simon Edwards Gallery, Yakima, WA
Animism, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1997 Cast Contemporary Sculpture*, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Art Works For AIDS '97, Northwest AIDS Foundation, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA
Yellowstone Art Center's 29th Annual Art Auction*, Billings, MT
12th Annual Works from the Heart Art Auction*, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
1996 SOFA, Chicago, Illinois, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Invitational Holiday Show, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1995 ARTFAIR '95 Seattle*, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Interior Idioms, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA
1994 Wildlife*, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
ARTFAIR '94 Seattle*, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1993 Small Scale Sculpture, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
Sculpture From the Walla Walla Foundry, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1993 Gallery Artists, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Spirit of the West, Purchase Award, West One Bank, Boise, ID, traveling
ARTFAIR '92, Gail Severn Gallery & Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
Endangered Animals, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
1990 Art in the Vineyard, Cordiner Hall, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA