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Gary J. Eigenberger
  World Champion Wildfowl Artist
Oil on Tupelo 10 1/2"H x 13"W x 10"D
(920) 321-8325

With a love for nature and the outdoors, and an intriguing interest in three-dimensional sculpture, Gary started sculpturing animals and birds in clay at an early age. His first exhibit was at his local public library at age seven. At age 14, Gary started sculpturing and carving birds out of wood with his only tool then being a pocketknife. Gary started carving seriously in 1987 as he became aware of the deep love he had for wildfowl and the art form. Having vivid impressions from observing nature, coupled with his natural artistic sense of design, intricate detail, and realism, allowed him to create various sculptures that have been on exhibit worldwide. He has received numerous "Best of Show" awards over the years throughout the United States. He has won Best in World title eight times, in the Masters Class 22 1st Best of Show, and in 2002, 2013 and 2019 was awarded first place Peoples Choice Award at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. He is also a sixteen time Gulf South Champion in the Miniature class and also won the Decorative Life-size purchase award in 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2012 sponsored by ConocoPhillips Petroleum.

Eigenberger also extends his knowledge of birds and his artistic expertise by judging various shows, teaching in carving seminars, and educating the public awareness of the art form of wildfowl carvings in conjunction with the conservation of our wildlife resources. He is featured in many national art and collecting magazines throughout the United States and his works can be found in various private and corporate collections, galleries, and exhibits including the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum "Birds in Art" exhibits in 1991 - 1993, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013-2023, Christie's of London, England "Wildlife Art" in 1997 - 2000, and the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 1999 - 2010, and was the selected artist to do the Masterpiece Carving for the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 2006, solo exhibits at the Bush Art Center in 2005, the Neville Public Museum in 2006 and 2011, Paine Art Center in 2016. Also a designated Signature Member Artist with the Society of Animal Artists. In 2023, his work was selected in the SAA exhibition tour celebrating the 63rd SAA annual exhibition.