Formerly an illustrator, Martha Pettigrew has established herself as one of the foremost Western
contemporary sculptors. Her work has been accepted in such prestigious and exclusive
exhibitions as: Settlers West's The Great American West Show, Tucson Arizona;
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art, Wausau, Wisconsin; Women
Artists and the West, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; and Sculpture
in the Park, Loveland, Colorado.
Consistently one of the top-selling sculptors in exhibitions, Martha's work is sought after
by institutions, corporations, privately-funded sculpture gardens, and many private
collectors. Recently, Martha has been awarded commissions from such prestigious
names as J.P. Morgan Company, Johnson & Johnson Company's Grounds for Sculpture,
Hamilton, New Jersey, Anhauser Busch Company, The Irvine Company, State of Florida,
University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska, and the Hilton Hotel in Sedona, Arizona.
Recently, her work was installed in Loveland, Colorado's Benson Park Sculpture
Garden, and her "Beauty of the Harvest" was purchased by the Sandia Indian Tribe,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, to greet guests of the Sandia Indian Casino. Other noteworthy
collectors include The Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, Grand Island, Nebraska; Eastman
Kodak Company, Rochester, New York; Guarantee Bank and Trust, Denver, Colorado;
St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney,
the cover of Southwest Art magazine, July 1998, Pettigrew says, I find
the everyday tasks of the native people of the Southwest, especially the women,
to be an endless source of inspiration. If I have achieved my goal as a sculptor
the viewer will feel an emotional attachment and never tire of seeing the piece.
The sculpture may become a source of inspiration in their lives.
Martha graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including; Best of Show, Western
Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming; the
George Phippen Memorial Foundation Award, Phippen Western Art Show, Prescott,
Arizona; Allied Artists In Memoriam Award, Allied Artists of America, New York,
New York; and the Silver Medal, Knickerbocker Artists U.S.A., New York, New York.