Recognizing the breadth of artists in the area who work in a variety of media, the Museum of North Texas History begins a program of “Artist in Residence,” starting Thursday, June 1st. Our first artist will be sculptor Tom Roberts.
Known for his bronze sculpture, metal, and woodwork, artist Tom Roberts of Byers, Texas, has won statewide recognition for his work in a more unusual medium. Believe it or not… it’s butter.
Roberts, a draftsman at BYSP Architects, finished his first sculpture in 1984. It promptly exploded in the kiln. His 2021 first prize-winning piece, a butter sculpture, in the State Fair of Texas is similarly fragile. In fact, it has an actual expiration date and must be displayed in a refrigerated room.
Roberts is inspired by people and the struggles of everyday life. According to his bio, Roberts “pursues an accurate representation of his subject matter through realistic depictions of a working-western-outdoor lifestyle. Admiring people who put on gloves and work hard to make a living, he strives to depict this beauty.”
The Museum plans to continue the "Artist in Residence" program through the end of the year, with a new artist each month.