Robyn Horn

Robyn Horn

2008 Award Recipient | WOOD SCULPTURE , Little Rock

Robyn Horn of Little Rock was named the 2008 Arkansas Living Treasure for her work as a wood sculptor.

A Hendrix College art major and former painter and photographer, Horn was introduced to wood sculpture by a family member and was immediately attracted to the subtractive process of working with a lathe.

She has been working with wood for three decades, mostly focusing on form and texture. Her work has been featured in exhibitions internationally and is part of public collections throughout the United States. She has won numerous awards, including the 2000 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the American Association of Woodturners and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art. Her work is regularly featured in craft and woodworking magazines.

In ongoing efforts to foster and promote the visual arts nationwide, Horn serves on a number of museum advisory boards, including the advisory committees for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, Pa., and the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. She has served as a member of the Collections Committee for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and as a member of the Foundation Board at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock since 2003.

Horn actively supports emerging artists with practical advice, educational conferences and promotional activities. More than 10 years ago, Horn and her husband, John, held a gathering at their home for more than 100 wood artists, sculptors, crafters, collectors, gallery owners and curators. The goal was to discuss forming a collector’s group for sculpture and craft objects. The meeting resulted in a national organization, the Collectors of Wood Art that has become well-known for sponsoring annual conferences and exhibitions in wood, awarding educational grants to not-for-profit organizations and supporting a Visiting Artist program to colleges and universities with programs in wood. Horn presided as its first president and has served eight years on the board.

In addition to her commitments with organizations and foundations across the country, Horn takes an active interest in individual students and provides hands-on teaching when asked. For example, a number of years ago, she invited a UALR student to apprentice with her. He has since earned his Master of Fine Arts degree and landed a faculty position in New Mexico. She has developed many personal relationships with craft artists and art organizations to help identify those who excel at their craft and benefit most from support and assistance. 

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