Lubbock sculptor to have works in Abraham Art Gallery

Works of Lubbock artist Dale Schenck will be featured in an exhibit at the Abraham Art Gallery, located on the campus of Wayland Baptist University. The exhibit will run Aug. 22 through Sept. 27.

The exhibit will feature many of Schenck's bronze sculptures, along with some of his paintings and drawings. Much of his work reflects a love and respect for endangered wildlife and animals of Africa and Western America, and the animals are explored in great detail through his sculptures.

"My art is really a documentation of the animals, to learn more about them and appreciate them more. You really get a feel for how they fight to survive," he said.

Schenck said he spends many hours researching the animal before he ever creates a sculpture. An architect for Joe Grimes Engineering in Wolfforth, Schenck uses many of those same techniques in his artwork, creating each piece to exact scale. Sculptures are created from plastilina clay, then taken to Lubbock's House of Bronze for casting. Schenck advises and directs each step of the bronzing process. The sculptures are finished in medium to dark patina, with minimal color used except to distinguish similar animals.


Schenck said he first dove into the art world as a child, taking a mail order art instruction course his mother purchased. From an early age, he loved drawings, not really graduating to painting until his college years.

Though he considered a career in art, Schenck felt at the time there weren't many options in that arena. Instead, he enrolled at the University of Texas and later transferred to Texas Tech to earn a degree in architecture.

Over the years, art has been mostly a hobby for Schenck, who works regularly in the evenings in his home workshop. He and wife Lynn also do large stained glass windows and restoration of older stained glass windows, and the pair have completed several such projects for churches in the area.

Though art came naturally for many years, Schenck said sculpting did not become part of his repertoire until 1995, when the music director at his church in Lubbock suggested he try it. Now, the pieces have become almost signature work for Schenck, and he has sold pieces to corporate offices and private collectors throughout the Southwest.

An artists' reception will be held Sept. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Abraham Gallery, located in the Mabee Learning Resources Center at Wayland. The exhibit will be open during regular LRC hours.

For more information, contact the gallery at (806) 291-3710.