Amanda Matthews

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Amanda Matthews
Amanda Matthews in Studio.jpg
Amanda Matthews in studio
BornSeptember 1, 1968
EducationUniversity of Louisville
OccupationSculptor, painter, CEO of Prometheus Foundry
Spouse(s)Robert (Brad) Connell
Children2

Amanda Matthews (born 1968) is an American sculptor and painter from Louisville, Kentucky, United States, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the CEO of a Certified WBE[1] Bronze Art Foundry Prometheus Foundry.[2][3] In 2015, she founded the Artemis Initiative Public Charity.[4][5] She went by Amanda Matthews Fields during 1991–2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Amanda Matthews was born in 1968 in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Bullitt East High School in Mt. Washington, Kentucky and graduated in 1986. Matthews earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied abroad in Paris, France in 1989 with the University of Louisville, studying Fine Art and Architecture while abroad.

Career[edit]

Matthews began her career as a painter and faculty member for the Louisville Visual Arts Association. She founded Wild Honeysuckle Studio in 1998,[6] which merged with Prometheus Bronze Foundry, LLC in 2009.[2]

Matthews received her first grant as part of the Sister Cities International program and travelled to Mainz, Germany in 2006 to represent the City of Louisville, Kentucky and the United States during the tenure of Mayor Jerry Abramson. She participated in the Kunst in der Stadt, Kuenstlerarbeiten Public Exhibition at Gutenbergplatz, Mainz, Germany. Fourteen artists, two artists each from seven countries, were selected to participate. Her work while in Mainz was a permanent gift to the City of Mainz, Germany from the City of Louisville, KY[7] Later that year, she participated in the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Appalachian Mountain Witness Tour for Artists and Writers in the fall of 2006,[8] which marked the beginning of her decade-long body of large scale bronze Dryads, titled Messengers.[9] In 2007, on Earth Day, she completed a 210' long Ephemeral Environmental Sculpture Installation, called Water is Life for the Louisville Zoo, an AZA and AAM Museum, with the help of 20 volunteers. Diane Heilenman, Visual Arts Critic for the Courier Journal stated, "The work, 'Water is Life,' fits the context of all her sculptures and paintings, which are often about environmental issues."[10] She often combines the female figure with natural elements, such as trees and plants.

Since 2009, she has designed and created several public works, including bronze monuments and portraits, which are in the permanent collections of a number of museums and municipalities.

In 2015, she founded the Artemis Initiative, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Public Charity.[4]

Selected public works and collections[edit]

Public mentions and media[edit]

  • 2018 - AP: First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue, AP[20]
  • 2018 - Politics: First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue, Washington Post[21]
  • 2018 - NATIONAL: Alice Dunnigan, First Black Woman To Cover White House, Gets Statue At Newseum, NPR, All Things Considered [22]Template:Https://www.npr.org/2018/09/21/650508374/alice-dunnigan-first-black-woman-to-cover-white-house-gets-statue-at-newseum</ref>
  • 2018 - Alice Dunnigan, First Black Woman to Cover White House, Will Get Statue at Newseum, New York Times[23]
  • 2017 - Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission approves life-size sculpture of Nettie Depp for Kentucky Capitol[24]
  • 2016 – Dunnigan to be honored with bronze statue[11]
  • 2016 – Aviation Museum to unveil bronze sculpture of aviation pioneer Van Meter[12]
  • 2015 – Lexington sculptor seeks – and starts creating – more statues of notable Kentucky women, minorities, Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, KY[25]
  • 2015 – Appeared in Documentary Film, Dreamers and Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women[26][27]
  • 2015 – Restored Gratz Park 'kids' return to James Lane Allen fountain[28]
  • 2014 – Iconic Gratz Park statue to be removed for a winter of repairs, Lexington, KY[14]
  • 2013 – Dr. George Zach bronze portrait unveiled at Singletary Center for the Arts, in Lexington, KY, University of Kentucky Art Museum Permanent Collection[16]
  • 2010 – Stephen Elrod Memorial bronze sculpture unveiled at Georgetown College[17]
  • April 22, 2007 – Water is Life Ephemeral Environmental Art Installation at the Louisville Zoo, Courier Journal, Critics Pick by Diane Heilenman, visual art critic[10]
  • July 2006 – Amanda Matthews (Fields) work featured in Germany's Der Mainzer Magazine[7]
  • May 2006 – Art World News magazine lists Amanda Matthews (Fields) on their Artists Worth Watching list.[29]

Grants and awards[edit]

Grants[edit]

  • 2016 – Lexarts Community Arts Grant, to help fund Life Size Bronze Dryad for Lexington Women's Recognition Garden[30] Lexarts has provided funding support for Bronze Katsina Sculpture through its Fund for the Arts
  • 2016 – Carpenter Foundation Grant, $60,000.00 toward life size bronze sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan, cowritten with Historic Russellville, Kentucky[11]
  • 2015 – Art Meets Activism Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women[31]
  • 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Grant, C.A.I.P. Fayette Co., KY – Prometheus Grant for Sculpture Gardens
  • 2014 – Grant, Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women[32]
  • 2013 – Grant, Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women[33]
  • 2012 – Grants, (2) USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program benefitting Prometheus Gardens
  • 2012 – Grant, Lexington Garden Club, Prometheus Grant for Sculpture and Botanical Gardens[34]
  • 2012 – Grant, LexArts[35] provided support for Prometheus Gardens through its Fund for the Arts
  • 2008 – Grant, Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women[36]
  • 2006 – Grant, Sister Cities of Louisville(Sister Cities International), 2006 Kunst in der Stadt, Mainz, Germany

Registries and awards[edit]

  • 2012 – Art in Architecture Program National Artist Registry[37]U.S. General Services Administration
  • 2012 – Architectural Artist Directory – Juried Member – KY Arts Council[38]
  • 2007 – NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year Finalist in Louisville, KY[39]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program". Mwbe.ky.gov. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Fasttrack Organization Search – PROMETHEUS FOUNDRY, LLC". Kentucky Secretary of State Online Services. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Commercial and Government Entity Program". Cage.dla.mil. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Exempt Organizations Select Check". Apps.irs.gov. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fasttrack Organization Search – THE ARTEMIS INITIATIVE, INC". Kentucky Secretary of State Online Services. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fasttrack Organization Search – THE WILD HONEYSUCKLE, LLC". Kentucky Secretary of State Online Services. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c July 2006 Issue N.R. 190, page 5 Image of work by Matthews-Fields of Louisville, KY participating in Kunst in der Stadt 2006 as part of Sister Cities International Grant
  8. ^ "Mountain Witness Tours | Kentuckians for the Commonwealth". Kftc.org. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dryad Series Messengers by Amanda Matthews". Prometheusart.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "Louisville News, Sports, Business". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c Stapleton, OJ (September 29, 2016). "Dunnigan to be honored with bronze statue". News-Democrat & Leader. Archived from the original on November 5, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Aviation Museum to unveil bronze sculpture of aviation pioneer Van Meter". KyForward.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Sculpture : "Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr Bronze Portrait 6'2" (Original art by Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell)". Prometheusart.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  14. ^ a b Tom Eblen (November 21, 2014). "Tom Eblen: Iconic Gratz Park statue to be removed for a winter of repairs | Lexington Herald-Leader". Kentucky.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "Monument Restoration". Prometheusart.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Zack honored with Singletary Center plaque | Copious Notes". Copiousnotes.bloginky.com. November 12, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Other Sculptures – Fine Art Galleries". Georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "Sculpture : "Stephen Elrod Memorial" (Original art by Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell)". Prometheusart.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  19. ^ "Saint Paul Catholic Church | Martina Brothers Company, Inc". Martinabros.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  20. ^ https://www.apnews.com/4b9712c2789442c7ac5913dd2aa1cf25. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/first-black-female-white-house-reporter-gets-newseum-statue/2018/09/21/d09bb09a-bdd2-11e8-8243-f3ae9c99658a_story.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ {{https://www.npr.org/player/embed/650508374/650508375"
  23. ^ Template:Cite https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/alice-allison-dunnigan-newseum-statue.html
  24. ^ Brammer, Jack (22 December 2017). "Kentucky's Capitol will finally get a life-size statue of a woman". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  25. ^ Tom Eblen (July 25, 2015). "Tom Eblen: Lexington sculptor seeks – and starts creating – more statues of notable Kentucky women, minorities". Lexington Herald-Leader. Kentucky.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  26. ^ "Dreamers & Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women « KET". Ket.org. June 15, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  27. ^ "Lifesize Bronze Statue of Nettie Depp, Kentucky Education Reformer". The Artemis Initiative. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  28. ^ "Restored Gratz Park 'kids' return to James Lane Allen fountain". The Bluegrass and Beyond. Tomeblen.bloginky.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  29. ^ Art World News Magazine, May 2006, Page 47, Artists Worth Watching List featured image of Reforestation by Amanda Matthews Fields with size, price, details, and website
  30. ^ "Kentucky by Heart: Breast cancer is 'common denominator' in group's shared journey". KyForward.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  31. ^ "Art Meets Activism grants 2001–present – Kentucky Foundation For Women". Kfw.org. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  32. ^ "Artist Enrichment grants 2000–present – Kentucky Foundation For Women". Kfw.org. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  33. ^ "Artist Enrichment grants 2000–present – Kentucky Foundation For Women". Kfw.org. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  34. ^ "Home". Bluegrasswinners.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  35. ^ "Home". LexArts. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  36. ^ "Artist Enrichment grants 2000–present – Kentucky Foundation For Women". Kfw.org. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  37. ^ "Art in Architecture Program". Gsa.gov. March 18, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  38. ^ "Architectural Artist Page". Artistdirectory.ky.gov. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  39. ^ Full page supplement to printed Courier-Journal newspaper featured images and descriptions of all 15 NAWBO 2007 Woman Business Owner of the Year Finalists

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