The Artist – A. Thomas Schomberg
The sculpture career of A. Thomas Schomberg has spanned the last four decades of creativity in which Schomberg has described, with his realistic intensity, the time and environment in which he lives and the society that we are all captives of.
Schomberg grew up in America’s mid-west, Iowa during the 1940’s and 50’s. After studying for a short time in Europe and completing both MA and MFA degrees, Schomberg moved to the east coast and taught for four years in a progressive community college. Though he received tenure, he felt compelled to relocate to Colorado in 1975 and established Schomberg Studios with his wife, Cynthia, who is also his agent.
Today, Schomberg’s sculptures have become world-renowned and are exhibited and collected internationally. Numbered among his collectors are blue collar workers, corporations, entrepreneurs, museum directors/curators, professional athletes and movie stars. Amongst these celebrities was Sylvester Stallone, who later went on to commission Schomberg to create what was to become the iconic ROCKY statue for the movie, “Rocky III”.
Over the next several years, Schomberg will be engaged in producing a major series of work. While continuing his love for the athletic figure, he will evolve this image into more emotional images by producing work that can be best described as his metamorphic series. This present and future “Column Series” is less didactic in nature and more emotional in theme and represents a more compelling image of a current American event.
Today, A. Thomas Schomberg’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, Indiana; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Shenyang National Gallery, Beijing, China; the Adare Manor, Adare, Ireland; the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the International Volleyball Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California; March Airforce Base Museum, Riverside, California; Yankee Stadium, New York, New York; the Astrodome, Houston, Texas; the Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana; the Felix Stamm Stadium, Warsaw, Poland; the San Diego Hall of Champions Museum, San Diego, California; Quantico Marine Base, Quantico, Virginia, as well as many others.
Monumental Sculptures include:
- The FINISH, 6.4.3, RUNNING BACK and THE START-FEMALE enlarged to 1/2 life size to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI
- The statue ROCKY created for the movie” Rocky III”; on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the San Diego Hall of Champions Museum, San Diego, California.
- DOWN BUT NOT OUT…LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTON created for the International Amateur Boxing Association in memory of the American team killed in a 1980 airplane crash; the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Felix Stamm Stadium, Warsaw, Poland; the Adare Manor, Adare, Ireland.
- ATHLETES OF RACE– PRIMITIVE and ATHLETES OF RACE – MODERN, six larger than life equestrian statues; the Garden State Race Track, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Due Process Farms, Colts Neck, New Jersey; Cloverleaf Farms, Ocala, Florida.
- FLO HYMAN, a memorial to the volleyball Olympian; the Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke, Massachusetts; United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Daiei Corporation, Osaka, Japan; the International Volleyball Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland.
- The VETERANS MEMORIAL, a somber and emotional description of a fallen soldier wrapped in a tarpaulin, measuring 12 feet high; Church of the Holy Ghost, Denver, Colorado; Adare Manor, Adare, Ireland; Riverside National Military Cemetery, Riverside, California.
- The ARMENIAN MEMORIAL, a 24 foot monolith that is a description of a country’s tragedy; installation to be announced.
- The WAR DOG MEMORIAl, an 18 foot column and relief of a soldier and dog dedicated to the war dog efforts during the Vietnam War; March Airfield Museum, Riverside, California; Sacrifice Field, Fort Benning, Georgia.
- The CARYATIDS and the CATCHER have been proposed to be added to the permanent collection of the Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens and Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
- THE GIFT is meant to commemorate the Nation’s gratitude to the American Indian for over 200 years of military service. However, this piece also symbolizes the sacrifices the American Indian endured throughout history; Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning California.
Major Works in Progress:
- A 9/11 MEMORIAL SERIES: Proposed completion in 2016. Installation to be announced.