Dave Hodges became interested in artwork at a very young age, when his early artistic interests were in creating drawings, ceramics, and paintings. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana in 1979. Dave began to participate in art shows and placing paintings in art galleries during the early 1970’s. In 1982, he began his professional career as a bronze sculptor, and continues successfully in that field to this time. Throughout those 30 years, Dave has created sculptures in a wide array of subjects and sizes, ranging from miniatures to life size statues. His subjects of interest range widely from cowboys, horses and wildlife, to ballerinas and opera singers. He has been commissioned to create sculptures for several large corporations as gifts to their international clients. Dave has written and published a book on the subject entitled Book of Bronze Creating Sculptures from Clay to Bronze.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
His work has received awards at the following shows: Willamette Western Art Show, Salem, OR; American National Miniature Show, Laramie, WY; Western Regional Art Show, Cheyenne, WY; National Miniature Show, La Luz, NM. He was commissioned to create a bust of international airline innovator, Paul Soderlind, permanently at home in the Northwest Airline Flight Training Center in Minneapolis, MN. A bust of international opera star, Marilyn Horne, graces the Blaisdell Center for the Arts at the Bradford Branch of the University of Pittsburgh. His life size statue of a running horse, “Free Spirit”, permanently enhances the City Park in Big Timber, Montana. Another copy of this statue is owned by the City of Gillette, WY, a part of their permanent collection through their Avenues of the Arts Program. A private commission of a life size statue of a cow and calf can also be seen in Big Timber, Montana. In 2002, Dave was chosen by the Montana Arts Council to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Only two artists were selected from each state to represent their home state with an ornament placed on the First Lady’s tree in the Blue Room of the White House. His sculpture of a Texas Longhorn steer, entitled, “Fancy Footwork”, owned by former President Ronald Reagan, is permanently on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, and also is featured in the Library’s brochure. In 2013, he created a two times life size statue of a panther for the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus that was installed on September 3rd, the 50th anniversary of the campus. Dave’s sculptures can be found in collections throughout the U.S. and the world. Articles about his art work have been published in Western Art Collector magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Western Horseman magazine, Big Sky Journal, and others.