A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of world’s foremost wildlife sculptors. He studied at the Swedish Konstfack University College of Art in Stockholm, and at museums in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. He lived for seven years in Botswana, Africa and served the last four years there as curator at the Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery. He has made his home permanently in the United States where he now lives on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas.
As a member of numerous important art organizations he has been honored with many prestigious awards. These include, in New York City, the Allied Artists of America, the National Arts Club, the National Sculpture Society, and the Society of Animal Artists. In 1990 his peers elected him a full academician (NA) at the National Academy of Design, thus making him the first wildlife artist since John James Audubon to receive one of the greatest tributes in American art. Outside New York City additional memberships include: Fellow Member, American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT where he has received 3 Awards of Excellence and the Marine Environmental Wildlife Award since 1990; the Society of Wildlife Art of the Nations (SWAN) in Sandhurst, U.K., and the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which awarded him the Prix de West, the foremost recognition in western art.
He is best known for the monumental works he has executed for museums and municipalities from Stockholm, Sweden, to Cape Town, South Africa. His Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Omaha, Nebraska installations are the largest wildlife bronze compositions ever created, spanning several city blocks. In 1993, and again in 2008, Ullberg received the Henry Hering Medal from the National Sculpture Society for outstanding collaboration between architect and sculptor in a monumental sculpture. His latest monument “Reaching Elephant”, a 19ft. bronze was installed at St. Louis Zoo June 2010.
Ullberg’s work has been shown and can be found in major museums and corporate headquarters around the globe. His sculptures are also in the private collections of world leaders and celebrities. Most recently his work was added to the collection of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.
Kent Ullberg is a major supporter of many wildlife conservation efforts. In 1996 he received the Rungius Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, given to artists, authors and conservationists who have made significant contributions to the interpretation and conservation of wildlife and its habitat.