Antoinette Prien Schultze is a well known New England sculptor who has completed and installed several public sculptures won in open competition. Most notably is the nine foot bronze "Mill Girl" that stands at the Stark Street Crossing at the Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, completed in 1988. Private commissions in 1998 include twenty-two original abstract sculptures on the subject of bridging for CIO Corp., Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts. Also her public art designs in granite have won awards in Maine and Massachusetts.
The source of my art is the human being in concept or/and in form. My work expresses human emotion and achievement, revealing the strength and the frailty inherent to life. I marry materials, color, and light to create a place and space for light to effect a spiritual washing and insight into the sensual nature of existence.
Sculptures are carved and/or constructed. I like the thinking process of construction and the instinctive actions required for carving. My sculptures range in size from eight inches to sixteen feet and prices start at $200 to $35,000 varying according to size and medium - granite, marble, bronze, wood, and glass. I have been sculpting for 29 years, exhibiting for 20 years, and won my first public art commission in 1983.
Recent exhibitions include Chesterwood Museum, Stockbidge, MA; Bradford College, Bradford, MA; Moses-Kent Museum, Exeter, NH; The Green Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Guilford, CT; Latham Park, Stamford, CT; Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA; Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA; The River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN; The Hatfield Gallery, Manchester, NH; The Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Me; University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA; Ariel Gallery, New York City.
Most frequently my sculptures are called monumental ....."Antoinette’s sculpture draws strength through a monumentality achieved through simplicity and intellectual control", says the Copley society of Boston. ARTSpeak in New York City said, "Schultze’s work is powerfully humanistic." This year Janis Conner of Conner-Rosenkranz in New York City simply said, "Antoinette’s sculpture is beautiful!"
I strive to create sculptures that are beautiful and meaningful. For I believe beauty captures the publics eye so that the viewer will stop, and take the time to contemplate and assimilate the meaning of my work.