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Contemporary Wildlife Sculpture in Wood, Stone, and Bronze
 
"Within every block of wood and stone, there dwells a spirit, waiting to be released."

Having long studied the art of ancient animistic cultures, I find that those artists, with the intention of expressing the spiritual rather than the physical appearance of their subjects, were able to do so by creating stylized images rather than realistic ones. Because it has always been my desire to capture and express the essence of the animals I portray, I abandoned the strict, realistic style in which I once worked for a more contemporary one. By leaving out what I consider unnecessary detail, I feel I am better able to capture this inner spirit, in much the same manner as the ancient indigenous carver---whose work today, would be considered contemporary, rather than primitive. Carving in this fashion, I feel my art is not modern, but is simply a continuation of an ancient art form, giving me the feeling of kinship with the storytellers of old.

For me, capturing and expressing "the essence of the being" in my sculptures is of the utmost importance; in hopes the viewer will not only see the beauty of the animal portrayed, but will also feel its undying spirit.

Exhibits:

-Allied Artists of America 98th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, New York.
-Audubon Artists 69th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, New York.
-Audubon Artists 68th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, New York.
-Society of Animal Artists 50th "Art and the Animal" Exhibition, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California.
-Salmagundi Art Club 33rd Annual Non-Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Art of the Animal Kingdom XV, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont.
-Allied Artists of America 96th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, New York.
-Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum "Birds in Art" National Museum Tour, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan; Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Oklahoma; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona; Wilding Art Museum, Los Olivos, California.
-Society of Animal Artists 3rd Annual "Small Works - Big Impressions" Exhibition, The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, Colorado.
-Audubon Artists 67th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, New York.
-Birds in Art 2009, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.
-Salmagundi Art Club 32nd Annual Non-Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Art of the Animal Kingdom XIV, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont.
-Allied Artists of America 95th Annual Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Society of Animal Artists 2nd Annual "Small Works - Big Impressions" Exhibition, The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, Colorado.
-Audubon Artists, Inc. 66th Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Society of Animal Artists 48th Annual "Art and the Animal" Exhibition, The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
-Sculpture in the Park 25th Anniversary, Loveland, Colorado.
-Salmagundi Art Club 31st Annual Non-Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Society of Animal Artists 2008 "Art And The Animal" National Museum Tour, West Valley Art Museum, Surprize, Arizona; Spartenburg Museum of Art, Spartenburg, South Carolina; Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, Tucson, Arizona.
-Society of Animal Artists 1st Annual "Small Works - Big Impressions" Exhibition, The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, Colorado.
-The Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Maryland.
-Society of Animal Artists "Art And The Animal" 47th Annual Exhibition, The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, Colorado.
-Audubon Artists, Inc. 65th Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Breckenridge Fine Arts Center 16th Annual Juried Art Competition and Show, Breckenridge, Texas.
-Salmagundi Art Club 30th Annual Juried Non-Members Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Iowa Sculpture Festival, Newton, Iowa.
-National Sculpture Society 73rd Annual Awards Exhibition, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut/Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
-Salmagundi Art Club 29th Annual Juried Non-Members Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Allied Artists of America 92nd Annual Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado.
-Caldwell Arts Council 20th Annual Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir, North Carolina.
-"Winning Works": Selections from the National Sculpture Society 71st Annual Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
-Bosque Conservatory 19th Annual Art Classic, Clifton, Texas.
-National Sculpture Society 71st Annual Awards Exhibition, New York, New York.
-Sculpture in the South, Summerville, South Carolina.
-National Sculpture Society 70th Annual Awards Exhibition, New York, New York/Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
-Society of Animal Artists Natural Selections V Miniature Show, North Palm Beach, Florida.
-National Sculpture Society "Animals in the Atrium", New York, New York.
-National Art Exhibition of Alaska Wildlife, Anchorage, Alaska.
-National Wildlife Federation Gallery of Wildlife Art, Vienna, Virginia.






 
Support for Conservation:
Over the years, Hap has donated several sculptures to the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited to be sold at auction at those organization's fundraisers. He has also donated one sculpture to the Rock Creek Alliance to aid in that organization's fight to protect Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area. Hap is a former Vice-Chair and former Executive Board member of grassroots organization Southside Concerned Citizens, former Conservation Chair of the Sierra Club's Thunder Ridge Group, is currently a member of the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife and is a contributing supporter of the Center for Biological Diversity.
 
Special Achievements:
  • 2009 - Judge, 39th Annual Ward World Championship.
    Judge: World Interpretive Wood Sculpture, Masters Interpretive Wood Sculpture, and Open Sculpture Competition (mediums other than wood), 39th Annual Ward World Championship, Ocean City, Maryland.
     
  • 2009 - Eliot Liskin Memorial Award for an Academic or Realistic Sculpture
    Audubon Artists 67th Annual Exhibition, New York, New York.
     
  • 2009 - "Birds in Art" National Museum Tour
    "On a Winter's Morn" is one of the 60 artworks chosen for Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum "Birds in Art" National Museum Tour, beginning December 10th, 2009 and continuing through January 2nd, 2011.
     
  • 2008 - Cleo Hartwig Award
    Audubon Artists 66th Annual Exhibition, New York, New York.
     
  • 2007 - Salmagundi Award
    Salmagundi Art Club 30th Annual Non-Members Exhibition, New York, New York.
     
  • 2007 - Award of Excellence
    Society of Animal Artists 47th Annual "Art And The Animal" Exhibition, Parker, Colorado.
     
  • 2007 - Society of Animal Artists National Museum Tour
    "On A Winter's Morn" was one of the works of art in Society of Animal Artists 47th Annual Exhibition selected for the Society's 2008 "Art And The Animal" National Museum Tour.
     
  • 2005 - Patron's Award For Realism, Caldwell Arts Council 20th Annual Sculpture Celebration
    Caldwell Arts Council 20th Annual Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir, North Carolina.
     
  • 2004 -  National Sculpture Society Dr. H.A. Fadhli Award
    National Sculpture Society 71st Annual Awards Exhibition, New York, New York.
     
  • 2004 - Seeing Animals Through the Sculptor's Eye
    Three of Hap's works were chosen for this lecture series presented by Alexandra York, President, American Renaissance For The Twenty-First Century, New York, New York.
     
Collections:
  • 2012 - Brookgreen Gardens
    http://www.brookgreen.org
    Dove sculpture, "On a Winter's Morn", spalted holly (wood) on mahogany base.
    Located near Murrels Inlet, South Carolina, Brookgreen Gardens is America's oldest and largest sculpture garden and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
     
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
    http://www.lywam.org
    "Thoth", Mahogany Ibis Sculpture
     
Publications:
  • Wildfowl Carving Competition 2009 magazine (2010)
     - "Birds in Art" article, Annual 2010 Issue
     
  • American Falconry Magazine (2008)
     - "Artist Hap Hagood", Volume 48, Fall Issue.
     
  • Sculptural Pursuit Magazine (2007)
     - "Hap Hagood - Contemporary and Interpretive Sculptures", Fall Issue.

     
  • Wildlife Art Magazine (2006)
     - "Hap Hagood - Carving Out Myths", Sep./Oct. Issue.
     
Organization Membership:
  • Society of Animal Artists, New York, New York
    The most prestigious organization of animal artists in the world, Society of Animal Artists is devoted to promoting excellence in animal and wildlife art worldwide. Signature member since 2001.
     
  • Artists For Conservation Foundation, Vancouver, Canada
    An organization whose mission is to showcase the world's best talent in nature and wildlife art, while promoting conservation of our natural resources. Signature member since 2003.
     
  • Allied Artists of America, Inc., New York, New York
    Founded in New York City in 1914, Allied Artists of America is one of the oldest and most prestigious art organizations in the United States. Signature member since 2008.
     
  • Audubon Artists Society, New York, New York
    Founded in 1942, Audubon Artists Society is an organization devoted to promoting the paintings, sculpture, and graphics of American artists working in all styles of expression.
    Signature member since 2009.
     

 

 
 
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