Holtquist accepts private commissions
“The Casket of Emotions” was the inspiration for a client-requested commission. The sculpture “Barbara’s Box” is the female version of the headless torso striding upstream carrying a box with no top or bottom, a box that will never fill up. With the client’s prior approval, a blue patina variation was created, and a monumental version of this sculpture is now on display in the Holtquist Studio garden in Woodbury, CT.
This sculpture won the Juror’s Award in the Attleboro Art Museum’s 2008 “Out of the Blue” show.
“Guardian Angel,” is a small bronze sculpture of an angel wounded during his custodial duties of serving to protect, and was commissioned for installation at a gravesite. It received a Special Recognition Merit Award at an international sculpture competition.
“St. John the Beloved” is an installation grouping created for a midwest cemetery, and features a larger-than-life bronze of the saint seated on “Dakota Bench.”
This ecclesiastical monument by Holtquist won Ministry & Liturgy’s “Best of Show” in the 2007 Visual Arts Awards Sacred Art category, and was featured on the cover of the Ministry & Liturgy monthly magazine.
Public Art Commission
“Farm Family Portrait” is a bench permanently installed on the Minnesota River Headwaters Recreational Trail on the way to the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. This sculpture was made possible in part by a grant provided from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council and funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
“Farm Family Portrait” is a group of five threshing stools arranged as if absent sitters of three generations are posing in their Sunday best for a family picture. It addresses the vanishing, evolving nature of America’s traditional farm family. Each threshing stool is unique, sculpted in Dakota granite to resemble a shock of wheat, and has bolted to its top a cast iron implement seat for various family member heights, ranging from child-sized to farmer-sized. The local granite symbolizes the hard, arduous life on a family farm. Shocks of wheat recall earlier, backbreaking methods of crop farming. The implement seats recall improvements that freed the farmer from walking down endless plowed fields.