Sculpture by Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh
Josie was born in 1948 in Albany, N.Y., the daughter of a watercolor artist and a surgeon. From earliest childhood, her goal was to be "an artist". However, she did not become a sculptor until after the birth of her second child in 1976. At that time Josie and her family were living in Hopewell, N.J., and she discovered the Johnson Atelier in Princeton. She has been working in the media of stone and clay and bronze ever since.
At Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA, where she received a BA in 1969, Josie studied both Fine Arts and Biology. Both have remained strong interests and are combined in her representational sculptures and paintings of the natural world. She takes the greatest satisfaction in those works which combine the accuracy of biological/anatomical detail with the immediacy of the subject, interpreted and abstracted to create an aesthetic whole.
Since 1978 she has been exhibiting her sculpture mainly in the N.J., N.Y., and Pa. corridor. Her work has been seen at the Gallery at Nabisco Headquarters, Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, and the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, as well as juried and invitational exhibits in schools, colleges, and commercial galleries. In 1990 a small bust was included in a traveling exhibit to Moscow.
Her work has won numerous awards, including the Phillips Mill Patrons' Award in PA, the Liskin and Isenberg awards at the Salmagundi Club, N.Y.C., and the Excaliber Foundry Award at The Pen and Brush, N.Y.C. She has also had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Chatham.
She is currently working on an expressionist bronze series of half life size ecclesiatical/spiritual columnar figures. These have roots in both Sumerian and medieval stone sculptures.
Since 1992, she has also been painting surrealist botanical studies in oil on canvas.
Josie and her husband Geoff moved to Madison in 1989 with their 3 children. They currently split their time between N.J. and their lake house in N.H.