T. D. Kelsey

T. D. Kelsey

T. D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Kelsey then trained and showed his own cutting horses for several years. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979, when he resigned to devote himself to his art full time.

Kelsey's work is in private and public collections worldwide. He is a member emeritus of the Cowboy Artists of America and fellow member of the National Sculpture Society. He was honored with a rendezvous show at the Gilcrease Museum, where he has work on permanent display, and a one-man show at the 21 Club in New York.

Kelsey also has sculptures on permanent display at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the C.M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Gilcrease Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Colorado Historical Society, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and two museums in Spain. Recently his 12-foot, Touchin the Sun was installed on the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens.

He was also honored when one of his sculptures was chosen by the National Sculpture Society for the Masterworks of American Sculpture: Selections from the Members of the National Sculpture Society, 1875–1999 exhibition, organized by the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kelsey's work is available in very limited editions. Both finished castings and works in progress can be seen in his studio-gallery near Guthrie, Texas.