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Ann Armstrong, Sculptor.
A resident of Houston, Texas, Sculptor Ann Armstrong's representational bronze, clay, and stone sculptures are well known for their portrayal of human emotions. Her great desire has been to create sculptures that are compositionally beautiful with grace and lyric movement. Her growing interest in depicting movement and balance in her work is revealed in her series of dancers, most notably her three dancer piece. She has for many years concentrated on commissioned portraiture, the fascinating challenge of capturing a specific individual's personality and portraying it three dimensionally.
In 1981 she was commissioned by a group of Houstonians to sculpt a bust of the late Golda Meir. The work was presented to the nation of Israel in 1981 at the Feast of Tabernacles. It has been placed in the permanent collection of the Labor Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel. A bronze replica of this stoneware bust was purchased by the Robert Kahn Gallery of Houston. She has done a bust of Mother Teresa, and also a full figure portrayal which was shown in a one man show at Gallery Genesis in Chicago.
Armstrong was selected by the Houston City Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston to do a five foot bronze for the Houston Library System in 1981. This piece, titled "Total Trust" depicts a mother and two children feeding seagulls with a mobile of three bronze seagulls flying above her. It was presented and installed on February 13th, 1982, a day Mayor Kathy Whitmire designated as "Ann Armstrong Day" in Houston.
More recently, she was commissioned to do Henry P. Iba, legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach, and Oklahoma State wrestling coach, the late Ed C. Gallagher. These seven foot sculptures for Oklahoma State University were executed and completed in 1993 - 1994, and now have been placed in the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. On June 8th, 1995, her bronze and Ferro-cement sculpture, "Dollies Ride" was unveiled at the Houston Zoo. This work depicts a two year old child with her doll riding a five foot long Galapagos Tortoise. In September 1995, a bronze sculpture, three feet high honoring the late "Ann Powell" was dedicated in Smithville, Texas, and was placed in the rose garden at City Hall. In 1998, she completed a piece for the meditation room of a major Hospital in Houston, called "Fear Not". This five foot statue shows a mother sitting with her two children, as a large Angel is protecting them with his arms.
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