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Ryan Schmidt

PO Box 927
Little Rock, AR 72089, U.S.A.
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Phone: 501-613-7884
URL: http://www.soulartinc.com

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Ryan T. Schmidt’s ambitious intention is to create atmospheric, monumental sculpture that captures the everlasting properties of the sun, water, and clouds in movement, and the ever-changing seasonal landscapes of our beautiful Earth; hoping to invoke in the viewer a nearly magical inspiration of great healing and thoughtfulness while simultaneously striking the imagination. Schmidt’s creative interest started at the early age of five in Origami and Constructs.

 

Later during his school years he explored into painting and photography; excelling in both set a definite artistic direction. Throughout his childhood years he spent the weekends and summers learning to work with wood, metal and plastic in his father’s business of custom remodeling, landscaping, and handcrafted playgrounds. Transitioning into college, he furthered his studies in photography, painting, drawing, color and design, printmaking, ceramics, and finally transitioned into sculpture. Schmidt began working in cast aluminum, later in bronze, and ultimately found the everlasting properties of stainless steel with its brilliant reflection to be most satisfying.

 

In 2002, he established Rykan Expedition, Inc. and started combining landscaping, water fountains and outdoor sculpture. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and spent 5 years to focus more on producing sculptures while establishing his gallery connections. Schmidt returned to his hometown in Bryant, Arkansas in 2015 to expand the production of sculptures. His mission is to share the gift of inspiration through reflection with the passion for stainless steel. He desires to build sculpture that will last for many generations to come. 

 

EDUCATION

 

2001-2003 University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Little Rock, Arkansas

2000-2001 Pike's Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, Colorado 

1999-2000 Oral Roberts University – Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

AWARDS

 

2017 3rd Place, Sculpture Category, 54th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL

2015 Top 25 out of 1100 Artists, Sculpture, Artprize Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013 1st Place, Sculpture Category, 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival Palm Desert, CA

2009 1st Place, Hot Springs 4th Annual Sculpture Showcase" Hot Springs, Arkansas
2009 1st Place, Shine a Light on Literacy, Governor's Mansion Little Rock, Arkansas
2008 People's Choice Award Art on Parade, Northglenn, Colorado

2006 People's Choice for Best of Show, 1st Arkansas Sculpture Invitational, Little Rock, AR 

2006 Hardscape Horticultural Excellence, Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, L.R., AR 

2005 Hardscape Horticultural Excellence, Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, L.R., AR

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2017 Art Revolution Taipei, World Trade Center Taipei, Taiwan

2017 35th La Quinta Arts Festival, Palm Springs, California

2017 54th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, Florida

2016 Artprize – J.W. Marriott, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015 Artprize - Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2015 West Coast Artist, Palm Springs, California
2014 Arts of Palm Exhibit, Beverly Hills Centennial Celebration, Beverly Canon Gardens

2013 April 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival Palm Desert, CA
2013 Venice Art Crawl at Venice Breeze Suites and Venice Ale House, Venice Beach, CA

2013 Made in California Juried Exhibition City of Brea, Orange County
2013 January Desert Art Festival, Palm Springs, California
2012 December Desert Art Festival, Palm Springs, California
2012 Affaire in the Gardens Fall Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2012 Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, Arkansas
2011 Affaire in the Gardens Spring Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2010 Winterfest Holiday Arts District Event, Los Angeles, California
2010 Venice Ale House Art Crawl, Venice, California
2010 Affaire in the Gardens Fall Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2010 Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Los Angeles, California
2010 City Market Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2010 Epicenter Twenty Ten Music Festival, Fontana, California
2010 Venice Art Crawl at 15 Rose Avenue, Venice, California
2010 The Art Squared Art Show at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California
2008-09 Art on Parade by Northglenn Arts and Humanities, Northglenn, Colorado
2007 Sculpture at the River Market, Inaugural Invitational, Little Rock, Arkansas
2006 1st Arkansas Sculpture Invitational, Arkansas Sculptor's Guild, Little Rock, Arkansas

2004-07 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

BENEFIT AUCTIONS / COMMUNITY OUTREACH

 

2017 Visitng Artist at Palmer Trinity School, Miami, Florida

2015 Bel-Air Wine Festival, Bel-Air, California

2014 Dan Eldon Creative Center, Malibu, California
2014 UNICEF Chinese Children Initiative, Los Angeles, California
2013 Oscar Night at the Peabody, Wolfe Street Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
2012 American Heart Association, Dickey Stephens Ball Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
2012 Oscar Night at the Peabody, Wolfe Street Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Shine a Light on Literacy, Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Jewish Federation of Arkansas, Annual Campaign Dinner, Little Rock, Arkansas

2009 Tabriz Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Splatters "125th Anniversary" Centers For Youth and Families, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

2009 The Safe Places "Cinderella Ball" Embassy Suites Little Rock, Arkansas


PRESS

 

2017 Palmer Trinity School News, Featured Guest Artist, Miami, Florida

2014 Beverly Hills This Week, Arts of Palm Centennial Celebration

2012 Saline County Lifestyles, March Issue, Benton, Arkansas
2012 Arkansas Times by Eye Candy, New Gallery, Arktimes.com

2012 Ribbon Cutting by 1st Lady of Arkansas, Gingerbeebe.com
2009 Arkansas Times, Abode Trends Issue, Little Rock, Arkansas

2008 Saline County Lifestyles, Nov/Dec Issue, Benton, Arkansas

2008 KATV Channel 7 "Arkansan of the Week" Little Rock, Arkansas

 

PUBLIC ART & INSTALLATIONS

 

Habitat for Humanity Kent County, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Ascension

City of Beverly Hills Arts of Palm Centennial, California - Ascension 

City of Northglenn Colorado – Ascension
City of Hot Springs Arkansas – Thirst
Governor’s Mansion Little Rock, Arkansas – Rain of Faith

Madison Country Club – Rain of Faith and Jubilee Commissions, Palm Desert, California Fork in the Road Restaurant – Exterior Giant Fork Sculpture, Santa Monica, California Juan 

Cajun's Wharf Restaurant – Fish Bones Wall Sculpture, Little Rock, Arkansas Queen Rania Royal Queen Rania Royal Family of Jordan – Arc of Trinity, Jordan
Ignite Media – Business Logo Sculpture, Benton, Arkansas
Venice Ale House Venice, California – Logo Commission

(Various Private and Corporate Installations)

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATIONS

Current Galerie Michael – Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, California

Current Pro Art Gallery – Dubai, UAE
Current Royal Street Fine Art – Aspen, Colorado

Current Fine Art Limited - St. Louis, Missouri

Current Richard App Gallery - Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015 IncredibleArtist – Cathedral City Palm Desert, California

2015 Wang’s in the Desert – Palm Springs, California
2015 Ohm Salon – Venice, California
2014 Burlwood Gallery – Sausalito, California

2014 Gunnar Nordstrom – Bellevue, Washington
2014 Gallery Mack – Seattle, Washington
2014 Lahaina Galleries – Newport Beach, California

2013 201st Modern & Vintage – Palm Springs, California

2013 City of Brea Art Gallery – Brea OC, California

2011 Schmidt Gallerie – Little Rock, Arkansas

2009 M2 Gallery – Little Rock, Arkansas
2008 Taylor’s Contemporanea – Hot Springs, Arkansas

2006 Oval Gallery – Little Rock, Arkansas