Sculptor in Buckskin

"Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin?" with Dave Lively

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall
Alexander Phimister Proctor: His life was his art. His living was his love for his wife, family and hunting in the West.

Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1959) was deeply revered as both America's premier animal sculptor and an unfailingly warm and enthusiastic human being. Proctor dedicated his life to creating monumental statues throughout the United States, including the Bronco Buster and On the War Trail in Denver, which embody the untamed frontier spirit. Storyteller Dave Lively introduces a man who was so much more than a sculptor and artist. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, incurable wanderer and confidant of many prominent figures in his day. After spending much of his youth hunting and sketching in the Colorado mountain wilderness in the 1870s, Proctor's talents took him throughout the U.S. and on to Paris and Rome, a life remarkably overflowing with places, personalities and experiences. Proctor was a genuine Westerner whose love of the American wilderness its social and natural history never left him. Although he dubbed himself the “sculptor in buckskin,” Proctor’s academic training made him as comfortable in international artistic circles as he was hunting grizzlies in the Rocky Mountains.

Presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum.


"I would not change my life for any other, but my love has always been divided. I am eternally obsessed with two deep desires — one, to spend as much time as possible in the wilderness, and the other, to accomplish something worthwhile in art."
Alexander Phimister Proctor

About the speaker

Dave Lively

Dave Lively is a resident and well-known historian in Grand Lake, Colorado, and the only Certified Tour Guide in Grand County. His family homesteaded what is now the Grand Lake entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, allowing him the opportunity to have a unique, detailed knowledge that no one else does. He appears in “The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park”, a documentary appearing on PBS stations nationwide. He is a speaker for the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Speakers Series and conducts historic tours and seminars for Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Trail River Ranch education center, and is a Step-On guide for History Colorado.