Professional Resume

Duke Sundt


Advanced Studies in Monumental
Sculpture with George Lundeen

Scottsdale Artist School 1986

Bachelor of Fine Arts

New Mexico State University 1971


One Man / Two Man Shows

  • Tito’s Gallery - One man show Las Vegas, NM 2002
  • New Mexico Governor’s Gallery -Duke Sundt & Bettina Steinke Santa Fe, NM 1981

Invitational Juried Group Art Shows

  • Mountain Oyster Western Art Show Tucson, AZ Annual
  • Mesa Verde Foundation Show & Auction Durango, CO Annual
  • New Mexico Cattle Growers Art Show Albuquerque, NM Annual
  • New Mexico Governor’s Gallery Show Santa Fe, NM 1988
  • New Mexico Cowboy Classic Art Show Albuquerque, NM 1981-1991
  • Texas Art Gallery Show Dallas, TX 1982
  • Philbrook Museum Sculpture Show Tulsa, OK 1979

Publications on sculptural work:

Magazines / Newspapers / Books / Radio

  • Western Horseman Magazine (2003)
  • Albuquerque Journal (1986)
  • New Mexico Magazine (2000)
  • Las Cruces Sun News (1986)
  • Western Horseman Magazine (1991)
  • Time Magazine-photo (1986)
  • The New Mexican (1990)
  • Austin American Statesman (‘83)
  • Sports Illustrated Magazine-Cover (1990)
  • SW Airlines Magazine (1983)
  • The Dallas Morning News (1987)
  • Chronicles of the Horse (1980)
  • The Roswell Daily Record (1987)
  • Santa Fean Magazine (1977)
  • “Contemporary Western Artists” (1983)
  • Paul Harvey Radio Show (1989)


2015Received commission by Gates Mineral Company to create life size standing portrait figure of A. E. Gates for new office building in San Antonio, TX
2014Dedication of Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument
2013Received commission to create a memorial honoring Albany, TX rancher, Bob Green
2012Received commission to create a “Lobo” award for UNM Swim Team
2010Received commissions to sculpt two figures for French Mortuary, a life size “Lobo” and a bas relief of a large “Story Teller” figure
2007Received commission to design and create Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument in Austin, TX
2006 MayReceived commission to design and create NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Distinguished Agricultural Contribution award.
2006 FebruaryReceived commission to sculpt a larger than life size portrait bust of Richard “Pancho” Padilla by the City of Las Vegas, NM and his wife, Geraldine Padilla
2005 April“Two Champs” portrait commission of Professional Bull Rider Michael Gaffney making his 2004 championship ride on the bull, Little Yellow Jacket
2005 FebruaryMemorial dedicated to three men who were natives of Albany, TX with outstanding military records. The monument has a bas-relief portrait bust of each man with a corresponding plaque describing their military history.
2003 SeptemberInstalled “Ojito” - Half life size cowboy watering horse and is incorporated into a water fountain. Client: Koldyke family, located at private residence in Las Vegas, NM.
2000 MarchCompleted “Pronghorn Antelope” - Half life size bronze antelope. Client: Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. Installed on main campus.
1992 AugustCompleted entry gate with two-sided bas-relief life size “Javalinas”. Client: Dr. Will Maldonado. Located at private residence in Scottsdale, AZ.
1988 OctoberInstalled “The Traders” - 1.2 life size tri-cultural bronze monument depicting trade in New Mexico circa 1850. Client: New Mexico State University’s College of Business. Located on main campus.
1987 OctoberDedication of “Counting the Stragglers”, 1.2 life size portrait of WWII B-17 bomber pilot, Major Bill DeSanders. Client: New Mexico Military Institute and Mrs. Bill DeSanders. Located at DeSanders Memorial Plaza on NMMI campus in Roswell, NM
1986 OctoberDedication of “Korean Armor Officer” and “Back From Patrol” life size bronze memorials representing the Korean Conflict and the Viet Nam war. Client: New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Located in DeSanders Memorial Plaza.
1986 MayDedicated bronze sculpture of “Hugh Milton II”, 1.2 life size portrait. Client: United Council of Veterans of Dona Ana County, located on NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, NM.
1985 OctoberDedication of WWI “Parade Rest” and WWII “Infantry Soldier” life size bronze memorial figures. Client: New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Located in DeSanders Memorial Plaza.
1983 SeptemberInstalled “Texas Longhorn”- 1.2 life size bronze monument. Client: Student organizations, the Texas Wranglers and the Silver Spurs at the University of Texas at Austin, TX. Installed on main campus.

Sculptural Awards / Recognition:

2006 MarchSelected by Fredericksburg Artists’ School to teach two workshops per year, one week in Fredericksburg, TX and one week in Rociada, NM.
2002 November“A Presence From the Past” is purchased by the Tucumcari Art Museum for their permanent collection.
1990 Spring“National Anthem” placed in NM State Capitol permanent collection

Artist Statement

Duke Sundt

     Son of Harald S. and Roberta Sundt, youngest of four children, born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 9, 1948.

     Upon arrival, Duke’s given name was Robert Harald Sundt (he often refers to this as his I.R.S. name). As a child, his father nicknamed him the “Duke of Paducah” and later his family and friends shortened this to “Duke”.

     Duke didn’t spend much time in Kansas after his birth, only six months to be exact. This was typical of the life of an “army brat”. While Harald was still in the military, Duke’s family lived in a number of places, however the last station of his father’s duty was to have the greatest influence on Duke and his future career as a sculptor. Between the ages of nine and thirteen, his family made their home in Copenhagen, Denmark where his father was appointed Chief of Armies Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG). Duke’s exposure to museums, art galleries, and outdoor monumental bronze sculpture in every city park, left a lasting impression which Duke firmly believes, led him to pursue a career as an artist specializing in bronze sculpture. At the age of thirteen, the Sundt family left Europe and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where his older brother, Chuck was attending New Mexico State University. The southwest, rodeo cowboys and Chuck’s “guidance” moved Duke into a new phase of his life, he refers to as “the rodeo years”. For the next seven years, Duke traveled the rodeo circuit, riding bareback broncs, saddle broncs, and bulls, finding encouragement to continue with an occasional trip to the pay window. Duke graduated from Las Cruces Highschool in 1966 and after working on his Uncle Harry’s ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains just north of Las Vegas, N.M. for the summer, he started college at New Mexico State University in the fall of that same year. He entered college as an engineering student but soon learned the engineering field wasn’t his calling as he much preferred rodeoing, drawing cowboys and sculpting papier mache figures depicting rodeo events. In the fall of his junior year, he transferred into the art department at NMSU. In the art program, Duke continued to pursue the Western theme in his art projects and felt he was specifically attracted to sculpting. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on sculpture in 1971.

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