Hometown: Brighton, CO
Kim Shaklee, a successful wildlife and marine sculptor, distinguishes herself from other artists by her unique ability to transform static metal into effortless motion. “Fluidity of lines is of upmost importance in animals and marine life. My desire is not merely to replicate the image of an animal or a marine subject, but rather to make its essence the focal point of the sculpture.”
Shaklee’s works have been shown in many national and international exhibitions and are included in collections around the world, including the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City Zoo, Little Rock Zoo, Azalea Park Sculpture Garden in Summerville, SC, and Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO.
Notable showings include the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York, Mystic International Maritime Exhibition, CT, Art of the Animal Kingdom, VT, and inclusion in multiple shows held at the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club in New York.
Kim has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal of Honor from Allied Artists of America, the Paul Manship Memorial Award and the Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal. She has garnered several Best of Shows and People’s Choice awards from competitions held throughout the country. In November of 2019, she received the Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award in the 91st American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, in New York for “SofistiCat”. This sculpture will also receive the Medal of Honor from the 123rd Exhibition for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club in New York at the National Arts Club on January 31, 2020. This is their top award for sculpture.
Her sculptures have been the subject of several editorial features in well-known publications, including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, Wildlife Art, Sporting Classics, and American Artist.
Kim is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Marine Artists. She is a Master Signature Sculptor in Women Artists of the West. Other elected memberships include; American Artists Professional League (Fellow Maximus Cum Laude), Allied Artists of America, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club.
She has served as an Officer on the Board of Directors for several national art organizations and city entities, as well as judging numerous national art events.