World Champion Wildfowl Artist – With a love for nature and the outdoors, and an intriguing interest in three-dimensional sculpture, Gary started sculpturing animals and birds in clay at an early age. His first exhibit was at his local public library at age seven. At age 14, Gary started sculpturing and carving birds out of wood with his only tool then being a pocketknife. Gary started carving seriously in 1987 as he became aware of the deep love he had for wildfowl and the art form. Having vivid impressions from observing nature, coupled with his natural artistic sense of design, intricate detail, and realism, allowed him to create various sculptures that have been on exhibit worldwide.
Gary Eigenberger has received numerous “Best of Show” awards over the years throughout the United States. He has placed in the top 3 Best in World title eleven times, in the Masters Class twelve 1st Best of Show, and in 2002 was awarded thePeoples Choice Award at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. In 2006, 2009 and 2012, he won the Best in World titles. He is also a seven time Gulf South Champion in the Miniature class and also won the Decorative Lifesize purchase award in 2003, 2005 and 2012 sponsored by ConocoPhillips Petroleum.
Eigenberger also extends his knowledge of birds and his artistic expertise by judging various shows, teaching in carving seminars, and educating the public awareness of the art form of wildfowl carvings in conjunction with the conservation of our wildlife resources.
He is featured in many national art and collecting magazines throughout the United States and his works can be found in various private and corporate collections, galleries, and exhibits including the prestigious Leigh Yakey Woodson Art Museum “Birds in Art” exhibits in 1991 – 1993, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2010, Christie’s of London, England “Wildlife Art” in 1997 – 2000, and the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 1999 – 2010, solo exhibit at the Bush Art Center in 2005, the Neville Public Museum in 2006 and 2011, and was the selected artist to do the Masterpiece Carving for the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 2006
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