Chris Navarro: 2018 Honoree
Chris Navarro, from Casper Wyoming, has been sculpting professionally since 1986. Chris was a rodeo cowboy and came to Casper College to rodeo for the late Dale Stiles. He is best known for his large monumental sculptures and he specializes in monumental bronze sculptures in wildlife, Native American, inspirational, rodeo and western art subjects. With over 31 monuments placed throughout the country, including the monumental bronze of world champion bull rider Lane Frost at Cheyenne, WY. Chris is a former bull and bronc rider and still competes in team roping. There are over 50 pieces of his work on display at the artist owned Navarro Gallery in Sedona, AZ and he is represented by four other galleries. His art appears in 9 museum collections. He is the creator of both “The Spirit of the Thunderbird” and the “Essence of Rex” bronze statues on the Casper College campus. “The Spirit of the Thunderbird” was an Alumni Association project in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Casper College. Navarro received the coveted Governor’s Arts Award in February, 2016. He was also the year’s Honored Artist lecture at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, WY. His presentation was titled “Embrace the Struggle”. Chris Navarro and his wife Lynne, from Casper, Wyoming have two children J.C. and Natalie.