Ryan T. Schmidt is an American Artist born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas sculpting in stainless steel since 2002. The inspiration for his artwork springs from his passion for steel in smooth arcs and curves that are in triangular relationships inspired by St. Louis Arch. His intention is to create atmospheric sculptures designed to be reflective, that captures the everlasting properties of the sun, water, clouds, and the seasonal landscapes invoking the viewer's imagination for inspiration of great healing and thoughtfulness. Schmidt's creative interest started at the early age of five in Origami and Constructs. Later during his school years he explored into painting and photography; excelling in both set a definite artistic direction. Throughout his childhood years he spent the weekends and summers learning to work with wood, metal and plastic in his father’s business of custom remodeling, landscaping, and handcrafted playgrounds. Transitioning into college, he furthered his studies in photography, painting, drawing, color and design, printmaking, ceramics, and finally transitioned into sculpture. Schmidt began working in cast aluminum, later in bronze, and ultimately found the everlasting properties of stainless steel with its brilliant reflection to be most satisfying. In 2002, he established Rykan Expedition, Inc. and started combining landscaping, water fountains and outdoor sculpture. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and spent 5 years to focus more on producing sculptures while establishing his gallery relationships. Schmidt returned to his hometown in Bryant/Benton, Arkansas in 2015 to expand the production of sculptures. In 2018, Schmidt received the Proskauer Prize Award at the 85th Annual Awards in Brookgreen Gardens South Carolina. He won “First Place” at the Hot Springs 4th Annual Sculpture Showcase, Arkansas in 2009; and at the 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival, California in 2013. His notable works can be found at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and CHI St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute, Habitat for Humanity Grand Rapids, BankUnited Building in Downtown Miami, Charles Winburn Park in Northglenn/Denver, and TICCA in World Trade Center Taipei. His mission is to share the gift of inspiration through reflection with the passion for stainless steel and desires to build sculpture that will last for many generations to come.
Ryan T.'s ArtPrize Entries
These are Ryan T.'s official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Ryan T.'s Past Work
These are images of past work that Ryan T. has done.