Kent Ullberg


Kent Ullberg Biography

Swedish, b. 1945

A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg studied at the Swedish Konstfack School of Art in Stockholm, and at museums in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. He lived for seven years in Botswana, Africa, studying its wildlife and people, and served the last four years there as curator at the Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery. He has permanently made his home in the United States where he now lives on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas. His work has been shown all over the world, including at the National Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden; the Salon d'Automne in Paris, France; the National Gallery in Botswana, Africa; the Exhibition Hall, Beijing, China; the Guildhall in London, U.K.; the National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C.; etc.

Kent has completed and installed a large number of monumental sculptures worldwide, including "Deinonychus Dinosaurs", a 25ft monument on Logan Square, Philadelphia; "American Eagle" monument, a 2 1 ft composition in Princeton, NJ; a Conservation Fountain for Washington, D. C.; The Broward Convention Center Marine Fountain, 150ft long, by 36ft tall for the City of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.; and a 65ft tall installation for the Swedish Government Tele-Com Center in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ullberg is a member of numerous prestigious art organizations from which he has received many outstanding awards, i.e. the National Academy, N.Y.C. (Which elected Kent to the status of Full Academician - NA - Spring of 1990 - The highest professional recognition bestowed on visual artists in America); the National Sculpture Society, N.Y.C.; National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, OK; Society of Animal Artists, N.Y.C.; Allied Artists of America, N.Y.C.; the American Society of Marine Artists, CT; the National Arts Club, N.Y.C.; the Society for Wildlife Art of the Nations, Sandhurst, England.

He has won the Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1981, 1982, 1988, and 1990 at the National Academy of Western Art; received the Rungius Medal -in 1996 from the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; was awarded the Gold Medal from the National Sculpture Society in N.Y.C. in 1983; received the Barnett Prize in 1975 and the Elin P. Speyer Award in 1985 from the National Academy, N.Y.C.; and given the Silver Medal for sculpture in 1989 and the Marguerite M. f4exter Award in 1990 from the Allied Artists of America, N.Y.C. Additionally, in 1993 he received the Henry Hering Medal from the National Sculpture Society for outstanding collaboration between architect and sculptor in a monumental sculpture.

He is a major supporter of many wildlife conservation efforts.

Swedish Konstfack School of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Alexander Konig Museum, Bonn, Germany
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
American Society of Marine Artists, Grand Central Galleries, New York, NY
Art Museum of South Texas (S. Texas Institute for the Arts), Corpus Christi, TX
Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, participated annually since 1980, Denver, CO
Arvada Fine Arts Center, Arvada, CO
Autry Museum, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
Bell Museum of Natural History, Wildlife Art in America, Minneapolis, MN
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
Biologiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Canadian Museum of Nature, Images of Vanishing Nature, Ottawa, Canada
Everard Reed Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Explorers' Hall, National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL
Fleischer Museum, National Sculpture Society, Masterworks of American Sculpture, Scottsdale, AZ
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Helsingborg Art Museum, Sweden
Houston Museum of Natural History, Houston, TX
J.L.B. Smith Institute for Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa
Joslyn Art Musuem, Omaha, NE
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS
Municipal Art Gallery, D'Apres Nature, (Gr. Duchy of Luxembourg), Luxembourg
Museum on Natural History, Gothenburg, Sweden
National Museum of Natural History, Birds in Art, Beijing, China
National Museum of Natural History, Birds in Art, National Tour of Japan, China
National Art Gallery, Botswana, Africa
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY
Rockport Art Center, Rockport, TX
Salon d'Automne, 1978, Paris, France
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA
Smalands Museum, Vaxo, Sweden
Society for Wildlife Art of the Nations, Guildhall, London
Stora Kopparbergs Museum, Falun, Sweden
Swedish National Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
The Beijing Exhibit of American Western Art, Beijing, China
Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
Vetlanda Art Museum, Sweden
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, The Bronze Age, Salisbury, MD
Whitte Museum, Animal Artists, San Antonio, TX

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., The Woodlands, TX
Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Artmarina S. A., Miami, FL and Costa Rica
Atherton & Murphy, Tulsa, OK
Adolfo Autrey,, Mexico City, Mexico
Bel-Vac Corporation, Brussels, Belgium
Bentley Labs, Irvine, CA
The Honorable Hugo Berlanga, Representative, Austin, TX
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi Town Club, Corpus Christi, TX
Einar Mattsson Byggnads AB, Stockholm, Sweden
First National Bank of Omaha, Omaha, NE
First United Methodist Church, Corpus Christi, TX
Grand Hotel, Norrkoping, Sweden
H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Netherlands
Interfirst Bank, New York, NY
Kleberg Law Firm, Corpus Christi, TX
Law Offices of Gerald L. Spence, Jackson Hole, WY
The Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art of Boulder, Boulder, CO
Lincoln Centre Corporation, Dallas, TX
Marlin Management Services, Inc., Burlington, VT
Leopoldo Ochoa, Caracas, Venezuela
Ozark News Agency, Fayetteville, AR
NBC Development Corp. Ltd, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Jean-Paul Richard, Paris, France
Saint Marks School of Texas, Dallas, TX
Southland Corporations, Dallas, TX
Super Tindas Modelos, Tampico, Mexico
Taubman Company, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Telia, Nacka Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
Treasure Cay Services, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, AR
Whataburger, Inc., Corpus Christi, TX
Zippo Manufacturing Co., Bradford, PA

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Botanical Gardens, Na’ Aina Kai, Kauai, HI
Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS
Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
City of Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Corpus Christi, TX
Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO
Folsom Zoo, Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, NE
Genesee Country Museum, Rochester, NY
Gilcrease Museum - Permanent Collection, Tulsa, OK
Hiram Blauvelt Museum - Permanent Collection, Oradell, NJ
International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, Dania Beach, FL
Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, CA
Municipal Art Gallery, Luxembourg
Museum of Natural History, Gothenburg, Sweden
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
National Academy, Permanent Collection, New York, NY
National Art Gallery, Botswana, Africa
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Permanent Collection, Oklahoma City, OK
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Permanent Collection, Jackson Hole, WY
Nature in Art, Gloucester, UK
Oklahoma Zoological Society, Oklahoma City, OK
Peking Exhibition Palace, Peking, China
Plains Art Museum, Moorehead, MN
San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, TX
St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, TX
The Wildlife Experience, Denver, CO
Wildlife World Museum, Monument, CO
City of Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA
Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO
Guy Harvey Gallery & Shoppe, George Town, Cayman Islands
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Botanical Center, Omaha, NE
National Academy, New York, NY
National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, OK
Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY
Allied Artists of America, New York, NY
The American Society of Marine Artists, Mystic, CT
The National Arts Club, New York, NY
The Society for Wildlife Art of the Nations, Sandhurst, England

1996, Rungius Medal, National Museum of Wildlife Art
1993, Henry Hering Medal for outstanding collaboration between architect and sculptor in a monumental sculpture, National Sculpture Society
1990, Marguerite M. Award, Allied Artists of America
1981, ‘82, ‘88, & ‘90, Gold Medal for Sculpture, National Academy of Western Art
1989, Silver Medal for sculpture, Allied Artists of America
1985, Elin P. Speyer Award, National Academy
1983, Gold Medal, National Sculpture Society
1975, Barnett Prize, National Academy