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The Girl Puzzle, Monument to Nellie Bly, NYC

The Girl Puzzle, Monument to Nellie Bly, NYC

Rendering of The Girl Puzzle monument to Nellie Bly. To be installed in 2020 in NYC on Roosevelt Island.

Although her life and legacy include broad professional experience as a journalist, women’s rights advocate, suffragist, war correspondent during WWI, inventor/patent holder, industrialist, and humanitarian, a common thread for Nellie Bly is that she experienced the plight of those who are marginalized and wrote stories that would move the needle toward equality and progress, especially for women. Highly regarded as America’s first investigative journalist , she carved a path for the Progressive Era. She gave a voice and a face to women who had no visibility or prominence in society.

“I determined then and there that I would try by every means to make my mission of benefit to my suffering sisters.” Bly

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Nettie Depp Sculpture for KY State Capitol Building

Nettie Depp Sculpture for KY State Capitol Building

Nettie Depp, a “New Woman” in Kentucky
Nettie Bayless Courts Depp (November 21, 1874 – August 3, 1932) came from a large family in western Kentucky whose parents made sure she was well educated. She graduated from the Normal School of Liberty College in Glasgow and became a teacher. This was an acceptable and often encouraged career for an ambitious woman of this time period. This was the age of the "New Woman" who experienced greater opportunities for education and public involvement than ever before, either through work or through campaigns for social changes such as for women’s suffrage, for better living conditions and child care. The New Woman challenged gender norms by assertively presenting a public presence unlike the earlier Victorian ideals of womanhood. Yet, in western Kentucky, a conservative stronghold after the Civil War, the typical Gibson Girl, Progressive reformer or Hollywood vamp was not tolerated. Depp successfully traversed a tightrope of ambition and leadership over the larger culture of male-dominated politics, race and class based on white male privilege.
Depp was the first woman elected to public office in Barren County when she won the office of county school superintendent in 1913. Unlike her predecessors, she brought a strong sense of fiscal responsibility to the position, building and repairing the county’s public schoolhouses while bringing the county’s educational system out of debt by the end of her time in office. To support a more standardized business operation in the schools and more accountable expectations for teachers, she introduced and implemented a common curriculum for all schools in the county. Referring to her own educational experiences at Liberty College in Glasgow, she added music, art, and business to the typical set of grade school classes. In a time when families believed that children should work to support the family income rather than go to school, Depp broke tradition in rural Kentucky and enforced the state’s school compulsory attendance laws – working with the county judge to fine those parents who refused to make sure their children went to school.
In the transitional period between the Kentucky statewide law granting women the right to vote in 1912 and full suffrage in 1920, Depp served as an able and successful representative of Kentucky’s version of a New Woman professional. Advocating for improved education for all Kentuckians, black and white, Depp commanded respect from all those seeking a better democracy, social order and a more informed and vibrant citizenry to maintain it. She was approached to stand for office again in 1917 but she chose instead to serve as a school principal and step out of the dangerous sphere of electoral politics. Nevertheless, her exemplary leadership and bravery as an early leader in local politics deserves recognition, and her story can inspire us all to take a more active role in keeping our democracy alive, including an inaugural run for political office.

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Alice Dunnigan Sculpture at Newseum, Washington DC

Alice Dunnigan Sculpture at Newseum, Washington DC


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Katsina, Life Size, Lexington Women's Recognition Garden

Katsina, Life Size, Lexington Women's Recognition Garden

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Katsina Sacred Dancer Dryad - 6' 3", installed in Lexington, KY, Wellington Park, Women's Recognition Garden.

Katsina is the name for wooden doll, carved by the Hopi Indians, and given to girls beginning in infancy and on dance day ceremonies to help them learn about their responsibilities as women in the community. In the Hopi tradition, Katsina means “messenger between humans and the spirit world”.

Katsina beckons the power and beauty of nature in female form, looks to the sky for her inspiration, and needs no intermediary to express her wisdom, intellect, grace, and gifts.

Katsina is the Sacred Dancer.

She hears and understands the music of the Universe and dances in rhythm with the elements, while moving throughout time and existence. She moves with reason and enlightenment. She dances to the songs of all ancient religions while knowing that she and the stars and the trees are all sculpted from the same source and contain the same life.

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Katsina (Maquette)

Katsina (Maquette)

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Hopi Indian Sacred Dancer and messenger of the gods.
12" H x 5" W

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Wellington Park Sensory Garden Story Board/Images

Wellington Park Sensory Garden Story Board/Images

Wellington Park Sensory Garden in Lexington, KY
Sculptures designed by Amanda Matthews

The artistic sculptures of native flora, fauna, and fungi will transform the entire space into a landscape of local environmental biology, and should enhance and complement the various plants and beautiful hardscape of the park. As such, these monumental, interactive sculptures are represented as flowers, ferns, mushrooms, a spider, a salamander, and a dragonfly. Secondary sculptures include snail fences, log benches, and naturally fed waterways.

Each design is intended to be interactive and stimulate one or more senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. The vignettes and sculptures are also designed to create a walking ecology storybook, along with signage including drawings and descriptions of each sculpture explaining its relationship to the local environment and how it is an indicator of a healthy habitat.

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Wellington Park Sensory Garden, Bluebells Sculpture

Wellington Park Sensory Garden, Bluebells Sculpture

Wellington Park Sensory Garden in Lexington, KY Sculptures designed by Amanda Matthews The artistic sculptures of native flora, fauna, and fungi will transform the entire space into a landscape of local environmental biology, and should enhance and complement the various plants and beautiful hardscape of the park. As such, these monumental, interactive sculptures are represented as flowers, ferns, mushrooms, a spider, a salamander, and a dragonfly. Secondary sculptures include snail fences, log benches, and naturally fed waterways. Each design is intended to be interactive and stimulate one or more senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. The vignettes and sculptures are also designed to create a walking ecology storybook, along with signage including drawings and descriptions of each sculpture explaining its relationship to the local environment and how it is an indicator of a healthy habitat.
156" H x 72" W x 84" D   

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Wellington Park Sensory Garden Ferns Entrance

Wellington Park Sensory Garden Ferns Entrance

Wellington Park Sensory Garden in Lexington, KY
Sculptures designed by Amanda Matthews

The artistic sculptures of native flora, fauna, and fungi will transform the entire space into a landscape of local environmental biology, and should enhance and complement the various plants and beautiful hardscape of the park. As such, these monumental, interactive sculptures are represented as flowers, ferns, mushrooms, a spider, a salamander, and a dragonfly. Secondary sculptures include snail fences, log benches, and naturally fed waterways.

Each design is intended to be interactive and stimulate one or more senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. The vignettes and sculptures are also designed to create a walking ecology storybook, along with signage including drawings and descriptions of each sculpture explaining its relationship to the local environment and how it is an indicator of a healthy habitat.
216" H x 72" W x 48" D   

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Portrait of Audrey

Portrait of Audrey

Bronze Portrait of Audrey, 12 years old
150% Life Size
Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Bronze Casting: Prometheus Foundry

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Portrait of Audrey

Portrait of Audrey

Bronze Portrait of Audrey, 12 years old 150% Life Size Sculptor: Amanda Matthews Bronze Casting: Prometheus Foundry

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Rhiza

Rhiza

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Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art

Rhiza is a derivative of rhizome, or root, and was inspired by a honeysuckle root and main trunk line. Of Nubian origin, Rhiza represents the "Root of Civilization", as the Nubians were the earliest people to cultivate the land.
48" H x 24" W

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Rhiza

Rhiza

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art

Rhiza is a derivative of rhizome, or root, and was inspired by a honeysuckle root and main trunk line. Of Nubian origin, Rhiza represents the "Root of Civilization", as the Nubians were the earliest people to cultivate the land.
48" H x 24" W

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Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr at 6'2"

Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr at 6'2"

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Artist/Sculptor: Amanda Matthews

Casting & Installation: Prometheus Foundry, LLC

Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. - Inventor/Patent Holder of the Backpack Parachute and Aviation Ejection Seat among many other things. His inventions are featured in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection. This sculpture is being created for an exhibition at the Kentucky Aviation Museum, and is located at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY.

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Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr

Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr

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Artist/Sculptor: Amanda Matthews

Casting & Installation: Prometheus Foundry, LLC

Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. - Inventor/Patent Holder of the Backpack Parachute and Aviation Ejection Seat among many other things. Larger than life, Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr shown in bronze and almost finished in clay. His inventions are featured in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection. This sculpture is being created for an exhibition a the Kentucky Aviation Museum and the Lexington Airport, but may travel to other venues.

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Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr.

Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr.

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Clay maquette of life size sculpture in progress...

Bronze Casting: Prometheus Art Foundry

Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. was a pioneer aviator and inventor of the backpack parachute and airplane ejection seat. His work is featured at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., United States of America

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Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr.

Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr.

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews

Bronze Casting: Prometheus Art Foundry

Captain Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. was a pioneer aviator and inventor of the backpack parachute and airplane ejection seat. His work is featured at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., United States of America

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Lilith

Lilith

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art
Location of Original: Cincinnati, Ohio

Lilith, a leader to many and demon to others. Lilith chose a life among nature rather than submitting to the expectations of others. The original Lilith was made possible with a generous grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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60" H x 24" W

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Lilith

Lilith

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art
Location of Original: Cincinnati, Ohio

Lilith, a leader to many and demon to others. Lilith chose a life among nature rather than submitting to the expectations of others. The original Lilith was made possible with a generous grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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60" H x 24" W

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Thuja

Thuja

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Thuja, Tree of Life, was inspired by a found section of a cedar tree that expressed male and female qualities. Cast bronze and stone.
18" H x 48" W

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Thuja Fountain

Thuja Fountain

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Thuja, Tree of Life, was inspired by a found section of a cedar tree that expressed male and female qualities. Cast bronze and stone.
18" H x 48" W

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Bronze Cherub Memorial

Bronze Cherub Memorial

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Sculptor: Amanda Matthews

Bronze Foundry: Prometheus Art
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Portrait of Dr. George Zack

Portrait of Dr. George Zack

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Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art

Portrait of Dr. George Zack, Conductor Laureate of Lexington Philharmonic and Commissioned by the Lexington Philharmonic Guild. Permanently installed at the Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, Kentucky
48" H x 24" W

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Portrait of Dr. George Zack

Portrait of Dr. George Zack

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art

Portrait of Dr. George Zack, Conductor Laureate of Lexington Philharmonic and Commissioned by the Lexington Philharmonic Guild. Permanently installed at the Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, Kentucky

The Philharmonic Guild requested that Dr. Zack be represented as he was 10-15 years younger than now. The image of him is current, but the clay is a younger Dr. Zack.
48" H x 24" W

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Athena's Hunt

Athena's Hunt

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Athena is often shown with an owl or is depicted as an owl.
36" H x 28" W

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Athena's Hunt Detail

Athena's Hunt Detail

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Athena is often depicted with an owl or as an owl.
36" H x 28" W

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Stephen Elrod Memorial

Stephen Elrod Memorial

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Lead Designer & Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Lead Metal Fabrication: Brad Connell

Bronze Casting, Transport & Install: Prometheus Art
Location: Georgetown College

A Site-Specific Memorial honoring the life of Stephen Elrod, located on the campus of Georgetown College. A life size angelic form expressing forward and upward movement and quiet introspection. Cast and fabricated bronze on limestone plinth surrounded by a beautiful healing garden.

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72" H x 48" W

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Pan

Pan

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Greek god of shepherds and flocks, mountains, hunting and rustic music, as well as the companion of the nymphs. He is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism. Inspired by a section of horned, burl hard oak.
24" H x 10" W

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Pan (Detail)

Pan (Detail)

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Greek god of shepherds and flocks, mountains, hunting and rustic music, as well as the companion of the nymphs. He is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism. Pan sculpture inspired by a section of horned, burl hard oak.
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Pan

Pan

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Cast iron. Greek god of shepherds and flocks, mountains, hunting and rustic music, as well as the companion of the nymphs. He is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism. Inspired by a section of horned, burl hard oak.
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Amalthea's Totem (Detail in Progress)

Amalthea's Totem (Detail in Progress)

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
Bronze Casting: Prometheus Art

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Relic

Relic

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series. Found wood and embedded jaw bones inspired the original design for this equine species relic.
Cast bronze.
48" H x 20" W

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Ptelea

Ptelea

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Dryad Series.
72" H x 30" W

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St Paul Catholic Church Baptismal Font Architectural Details

St Paul Catholic Church Baptismal Font Architectural Details

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Bronze Fabrication: Brad Connell
Bronze Casting: Prometheus Art
Transport and Install: Prometheus Art

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St Paul Catholic Church Baptismal Font Detail

St Paul Catholic Church Baptismal Font Detail

Sculptor: Amanda Matthews
Bronze Casting: Prometheus Art
Transport and Install: Prometheus Art
24" H x 24" W

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