Paul Rhymer

Paul Rhymer

After receiving an associate of arts degree from a local college in 1984 in painting and drawing, Paul Rhymer accepted a job at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making for twenty-five years. He retired in 2010.  As a result of so doing much three-dimensional work in his museum job, in the late 1990s, his gradually began to transform from painting and drawing into sculpture. Being an avid birder, waterfowl hunter, and taxidermist gives him constant anatomy and behavioral learning experiences that inspire his sculpture. 

Rhymer's work has been exhibited in Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin (2008–2017); the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition (2007-2017); the National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017); and the Brookgreen Gardens Masters Exhibition (2013). He had a solo exhibition at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art solo show in 2010.

He has received the Award of Excellence (2008), Meltzoff Award (2008), Blauvelt Museum Purchase award (2008), Ethnology Award (2011), and President's Award (2015) from the Society of Animal Artists; the Bedi-Makky Prize (2009) and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award (2014) from the National Sculpture Society; Best of Show—Sculpture from the Wart World Wildfowl Championships (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016); and Best of Show—Sculpture (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015,  and 2016), Featured Artist (2014), and Monument Winner for bighorn sheep (2012) and coyote family (2014) at the NatureWorks Art Show and Sale.

His public art installations are at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution National Zoo, Denver Zoo. NatureWorks Monuments, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland; Washington County Fine Art Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Shepard Park, Summerville, South Carolina; and B.I.R.D.S. Project, Summerville, South Carolina.