Schmitt, Sandra McKenzie: 1958, USA

The Artist:

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt (1943) USA Sandra McKenzie Schmitt was born in Tampoco Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1961 from Lindenwood College for Women, St. Charles, Missouri. In 1959 Schmitt studied art at University of Illinois, Champaign, and in 1960 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and University of Iowa. In 1964 Ms. Schmitt earned her Master of Arts in Intaglio, where she worked under the master Mauricio Lasansky. By 1964 Sandra McKenzie Schmitt earned 30 hours of post-graduate study. In 1973, she established herself as a figurative sculptor and had her first showing of that work which was in New York City. In 2000 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture from Bradley University, Peoria Illinois. Ms. Schmitt's art's emphasis is ceramic sculpture with additional work in bronze, stone carving, and metal fabrication.

Awards and Publications:

Ms. Schmitt's work has won national prizes and has published nationally. Publications and awards include: New York Art Review, 1991, 1992; Who's Who in Interior Decorating, 1991; Design Through Discovery, Prentice Hall, 1985. Shows and Exhibits Include: Beginning in 1988 to 1992 Sandra McKenzie Schmitt owned her own retail gallery in Frenchtown, New Jersey. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia from 1992 1994, and presently owns McKenzie River Pottery, a gallery in Washington, Illinois which serves as both her studio and gallery. Here she represents clay artists across the United States and from the central Illinois. As for her own work specifically, she is an honored fine artist. Sandra McKenzie's sculpture is currently represented in over twenty galleries throughout the United States. She has been honored with a plethora of invitational exhibitions, including: The 2009 - Community Connections, at the Peoria Art Guild in Peoria Il. There she was a featured artist with Elijah Sansom whose photographs document more than two decades of historically significant events in Peoria's African American cultural history. Schmitt's sculptures reflect a sense of pride and are influenced by everyday people in the community. Earlier exhibits and invitational include the honors listed below which includes other showing in 2009 to the present: Invitational Exhibition, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri, 1968; Women's International Arts Festival, Coordinating Committee for the Crafts, United; Nations Year of the Woman, 1975; Anniversary Show, Women's Cultural Trust, Philadelphia, PA 1978; Lincoln Center, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987; Philadelphia Crafts Show, 1982 American Craft Council, Rhinebeck, NY, 1975, 1978, 1979; 1983 1988; Springfield, MA, 1989; The Museum of American Folk Art, Gallery Shop, New York, 1982 1985; Albright-Knox Gallery, The Gallery Shop, Buffalo, New York, 1982 1985; Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1986 1989; Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ 1982; Pelham Art Center, Long Island, New York, 1982; Buyer's Market of American Crafts, Philadelphia, San Francisco, 1989 2009, Tokyo, 1989; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, 1999 2000; WTVP Ladies In Hats, One Person Show, 2005; Fine Arts Fair, Peoria Il. 1995-2006, 2008; Junction City Fine Arts Fair, 2006-2008; and Ronald Reagan's Birthplace Museum, Tampico, IL, 2009.

Artwork:

Ms. Schmitt's sculptures are individually made. Each art piece is unique unto itself. Sculptures range in size from ten inches to three feet. The works are made of red stoneware fired to cone 5 or grey stoneware fired in a cone 9 gas reduction kiln. Most pieces are safe for both indoor and outdoor display.

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Schmitt001

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. Ballet Dancer, Ceramic Sculpture,12" High. Close-Up

$500.

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Schmitt002

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. City Scape, Ceramic Sculpture,28 " High. Close-Up

$900.

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Schmitt003

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. Flower Basket, Ceramic Sculpture, 36" High. . Close-Up

$1,790.

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Schmitt004

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. Jazz Singer, Ceramic Sculpture, 20" High. . Close-Up

$1,350.

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Schmitt005

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. Mother and Child, Ceramic Sculpture, 27" High. Close-Up

$1,790.

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Schmitt006

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. The Opera Singer, Ceramic Sculpture, 28" High. . Close-Up

$1,590.

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Schmitt007

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, USA. Girl in the Yellow Dress , Ceramic Sculpture, 20" High. . Close-Up

$800.

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