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Kreg Kallenberger

For more than forty years, Kreg Kallenberger has received international acclaim for his sculptures. His work is represented in many prestigious museum and corporate collections internationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; the Artists Award of Excellence from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and the Silver Prize at the International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa Japan.

The landscape theme which has dominated much of Kallenberger’s recent work was inspired by his immediate surroundings. The Osage Hills of Oklahoma stretch north and west of Tulsa looking much the same as they did a century ago. This is in fact the Osage Indian Nation, which even today seems frozen in an earlier time. The grand houses of the Osage Indians stand on the cliffs overlooking Pawhuska; hundreds of buffalo graze in the nearby Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Oil tycoon Frank Phillips built his spectacular ranch in the Osage, playing host to the rich and powerful from around the world, while Pretty Boy Floyd wandered the hills to evade the law and Woody Guthrie immortalized the region in song. Cedars and scrub oak cover the area, which has largely escaped the blight of human intrusion. Kallenberger’s fascination with this landscape embraces its serenity while the optical qualities of his sculpture underscore its quiet beauty. The drama of the sculptural landscape is revealed almost incidentally as the viewer walks around these works, just as a spectacular roadside view may be glimpsed and lost in a rear-view mirror. The incorporation of native sandstone in these pieces ties them even more closely to their visual point of departure, as well as adding another perceptual layer to the sculpture. As the viewer circles the work, it is not clear whether it is the stone or the glass which creates the panoramic vista. Kallenberger uses sandstone in these compositions precisely because of its fragile nature. Because of its softness, sandstone records its own history more graphically than harder rocks, with each stone embodying a unique landscape of its own.

In these works, Kallenberger shares a real kinship with the 19th century painters of the Hudson River School, who expressed a belief in something wondrously vital within the uncontaminated landscape, which not only resists man but imbues him with its spirit. But Kallenberger is not replicating a literal landscape and his methods even more specifically recall the work of J.M.W. Turner, who abstracted landscape to its basic elements. Turner’s landscapes portray light itself as a cosmic force. Color is abstract and expressive, rather than merely descriptive, seeking the visionary within the ordinary. Through the medium of glass, Kallenberger has carried the manipulation of imagery with light to its ultimate degree.

Selected Collections:

Anchor Industries, Tulsa, OK
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Capital Resource Partners, Boston, MA
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Cincinnati Museum of Art, OH
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Cousins Properties, Atlanta, GA
Detroit Institute of Art, MI
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,
H. de Young Memorial Museum, CA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Hsinchu Cultural Center Museum, Taiwan
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Memorex-Telex Corporation, Tulsa, OK
Mobile Museum of Art, AL
Mount Holyoke Museum, Hadley, MA
Musee de Design et d‘Arts Appliqes/Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Notojima Glass Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
Pilkington Glass Museum, Merseyside, England
Prudential Insurance Company, Houston, TX
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
Steelcase Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI
Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Unit Drilling and Exploration Corporation, OK
University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA
Victoria and Albert Museum, England
Williams Companies, Tulsa, OK

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