The Artist – A. Thomas Schomberg
The sculpture career of A. Thomas Schomberg has spanned the last four decades in which Schomberg has described, with his realistic intensity, the time, environment, and society in which he lives and we are all captives of.
Schomberg grew up in America’s mid-west 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 at a progressive community college. Although he received tenure, he felt compelled to relocate to Colorado in 1975 where he established Schomberg Studios with his wife, Cynthia, who is also his agent.
Today, Schomberg’s sculptures are world-renowned and are exhibited and collected internationally. His collectors represent a diverse group including corporations, entrepreneurs, museum directors/curators, private individuals, and professional athletes. Amongst his collectors is film actor Sylvester Stallone, who later commissioned Schomberg to create the iconic ROCKY statue for the movie, “Rocky III”.
While he continues his passion for portraying the athletic figure, Schomberg’s works have evolved into more emotional images best described as his “metamorphic series”. These present and future “column series” are less didactic in nature and are more emotional in theme, representing compelling images of significant American events.
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 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; 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 ROCKY statue created for the movie ”ROCKY III” and located on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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. Located at the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado and the Felix Stamm Stadium, Warsaw, Poland.
ATHLETES OF RACE– PRIMITIVE and ATHLETES OF RACE – MODERN, six larger than life equestrian statues located at the Garden State Race Track, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Cloverleaf Farms, Ocala, Florida.
FLO HYMAN, a memorial to the volleyball Olympian located at the Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke, Massachusetts, the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Daiei Corporation, Osaka, Japan, and the International Volleyball Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The VETERANS MEMORIAL, a somber and emotional portrayal of a fallen soldier measuring 12 feet high. Located at the Church of the Holy Ghost, Denver, Colorado and Riverside National Military Cemetery, Riverside, California.
The WAR DOG MEMORIAL, an 18 foot column relief of a soldier and dog dedicated to the war dog efforts during the Vietnam War. Located at March Airfield Museum, Riverside, California and Sacrifice Field, Fort Benning, Georgia.
The CARYATIDS and the CATCHER have been proposed as permanent additions of the Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens and Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
THE GIFT is to commemorate the Nation’s gratitude to the American Indian and Alaska Native for over 200 years of military service. This piece also symbolizes the sacrifices the American Indian has endured throughout history. To be located at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning California.
The ARMENIAN MEMORIAL, a 24 foot monolith that is a description of a country’s tragedy. Installation to be announced.
Major Works in Progress:
A 9/11 MEMORIAL SERIES: Proposed series completion in 2020 with the permanent installation location to be announced.