Our 2019 Festival Judges:
Don is a full time, award winning artist whose work has been shown and sold to collectors all over the United States. Favoring a realistic style of painting, he has become well known for his portrayal of the American West. His mediums include watercolor, oil and pencil.
Don’s subject matter varies, but he prefers painting subjects that reflect the tradition of the American West. This includes American wildlife, the cowboy and the rural way of life. His artwork has been featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Horses in Art, Art of the West and American Cowboy. It has also appeared on over a dozen different western, rodeo and cowboy music/poetry festival posters across the country. Among these, was being featured poster artist at Silver Dollar City’s “Salute to the Great American Cowboy” in Branson, MO for over ten years.
In 2011 Don was commissioned by the Kansas State Lotto Commission to paint an original painting to be featured on the state lotto ticket as part of the Kansas 150th year anniversary of statehood. He currently works from his home studio in Greenwood, Missouri.
Don’s work can be viewed at www.dondane.com
Mike Byrne earned a Masters of Arts degree from Truman State University. He has worked as an instructional designer, a creative writer, and a tradeshow management consultant. Mike was a video producer for 10 years and created a number of training, documentary, and personal biography programs.
He has been working with 3D art for over 35 years. He uses a variety of concrete products and found objects as a medium. His work is heavily influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, and Arman.
His focus is on elevating mass-produced objects to celebrate industrial designers who have created artistic pieces that are often overlooked. He serves up objects in unexpected ways, but tries not to disguise their original purpose. He often adds titles to his pieces that are intellectually playful and produces a connection to the viewer.
Robin is an active sculptor who has been working in bronze since 1999. He has competed in juried shows all over the Midwest winning “Best of Show” in the Lenexa Art Show, Overland Park Art Festival, Leawood Arti-Gras, Zona Rosa Art Festival and Images Art Gallery Juried Show. He has completed commissions for the Overland Park Arboretum, the City of Lenexa, several high schools in the area, and private companies as well as numerous individuals. He recently had a sculpture purchased by the City of Overland Park which was presented as a gift for the mayor of their sister city in Germany. Robin has been teaching sculpture and mold making in his studio since 2008.
Robin received his BA degree in art from the University of Missouri, and worked with internationally known artist Kwan Wu for four years. He is also part owner of a business producing and selling ICONS for universities; and in 2019 he created six monumental sculptures depicting the “Evolution of the Jayhawk” which were installed on the University of Kansas campus.
Robin was contracted to serve as an art show juror for the City of Lenexa in 2016, and he curated the Overland Park Bronze Show in 2017.