Prometheus Foundry, LLC, dba Prometheus Art...
Prometheus Art is a Partnership, LLC, owner operated by Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell. Prometheus foundry, studios, and offices are located in a 14,000 square foot facility at Prometheus Farm, which is also the location of Prometheus Gardens, Botanical and Sculpture Gardens.
Prometheus Art Foundry is licensed, insured, bonded, and certified WBE, DBE, and SBE. Both Amanda and Brad are accomplished, award-winning sculptors and conservators with 50+ years of combined professional experience. Previously a full-service commercial bronze foundry located in downtown Lexington, they merged their businesses and converted to a large, private studio in 2009, which is now located in 10,000 s.f. of a beautifully restored horse barn on their farm in Lexington, KY.
Amanda is from Louisville, KY and earned her BA in Fine Art/ Philosophy from U of L, and also studied Fine Art & Architecture in Paris, France in 1989. She has been awarded 22 professional grants for her work representing women and nature. She was awarded the NAWBO Business Owner of the Year STRIVE Award for Kentucky/Southern Indiana for 2018. She focuses on public art, including design/build of monuments, portraits, and public parks; and restoration/conservation work. Her ongoing decade-long body of work of dryads, the female spirit of the trees, is called "Messengers". She is currently creating the first three life size bronze sculptures honoring women to be placed on public land in Kentucky's 225 year history, including the first woman to be honored with statuary in the Kentucky State Capitol Building.
Brad is from Atlanta, GA and studied Architecture at Georgia Tech before finishing his BFA at Georgia State University. He later earned his MFA from UK and taught there for 8 years. As a recipient of a Research Grant, he travelled to Krakow, Poland and built a metal foundry for The Academy of Fine Art and The University of Mining and Metallurgy, and was a Visiting Artist at The University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, England. He focuses on design, fabrication, and casting of architectural work, restoration and conservation.
Both Amanda and Brad have work in collections throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. They provide the following professional services for Public Art, Metal Sculpture, Monuments, and Architectural Metal Work including Historic Sculpture Restoration and Conservation:
~Site-Specific Design & Build (including comprehensive collaboration with design teams)
~Casting (Bronze and Aluminum)
~Metal Fabrication (Bronze, Aluminum, Stainless & Carbon Steel)
~Transportation, Rigging, Installation, and Commercial Insurance Coverage
~Restoration, Cleaning, Conservation of Sculpture and Historic Architectural Metalwork (Institutional Member of AIC)
Their clients include: Universities, Municipalities, Corporations, Architects, Engineers, and the US Federal Government including the US Dept of Defense, US Army, & US Navy (Commercial & Government Entity #6DW69 listed below).
Industry Classifications & Certifications:
US Federal Government, Commercial & Government Entity (CAGE) # 6DW69
Amanda Matthews & Brad Connell have each been individually accepted into the Art in Architecture National Artist Registry through the U.S. General Services Administration
Woman Owned Business Certified
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certified and Small Business Enterprise Certified through KY Dept of Transportation
In recognition of artistic excellence, Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell (Prometheus Art) have been selected to participate in the Architectural Artists Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Institutional Member
Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) # 025127016
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) # 332999
Standard Occupational Code (SOC) # 27-1013 - Fine Artists including Painters and Sculptors
Grants, Sponsors, & Partners:
LexArts has provided support for Prometheus through its Fund for the Arts.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women has generously provided support with the Artist Enrichment Grant for Amanda Matthews in 2008 and 2013, and the Art Meets Activism Grant in 2015.
C.A.I.P. Fayette County Soil Conservation District Grant 2010, 2011, & 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 benefitting Prometheus Gardens.
USDA - NRCS Federal EQIP Grant to benefit Prometheus Sculpture and Botanical Gardens
Please see Amanda's Matthews Vitae & Brad Connell's Vitae for additional individual grants and information.
AAM Museum Insitutional Member - Botanical and Sculpture Gardens
International Sculpture Center
Midsouth Sculpture Alliance
Kentucky Agritourism Department