George Carlson, a native of Illinois, studied at The American Academy of Art (Chicago), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). He has had solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC), the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, The Autry Museum (Los Angeles), the Southwest Museum (Los Angeles), the Denver Art Museum, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK).
Internationally, Carlson’s work has been featured at the Hakone Open-Air Museum (Hakone, Japan), Amerika Haus (Berlin, Germany), Central House of Artists (Moscow, Russia), the Kyoto World Exposition of Historic Cities (Japan), and the Peking Exhibit (Beijing, China).
Frequently commissioned for both private and corporate works, Carlson has created many monumental public outdoor sculptures, including Meditation, depicting St. Ignatius of Loyola for Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); The Greeting at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO); I’m The Drum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Of One Heart for the Outdoor Museum of Art (Englewood, CO); The Greeting at the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis); Early Day Miner in Washington Park (Denver); Hopi Girls at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art (Santa Fe); and Paul Robeson at Central State University (Wilberforce, OH).
The recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Prix de West Award in 1975 and 2011, Carlson received the Idaho Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts in 1996. The University of Idaho honored Carlson with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree in 1999. He has been profiled in many books and publications, as well as in the PBS film series Profiles in American Art. His work is included in some of the most significant public and private collections in America.