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Ott Jones, a professional sculptor for 37 years, has created a diverse collection of wildlife and sporting sculpture.  He is in prominent collections around the world and was honored in having Queen Elizabeth II acquire "Birth of the Labrador", a sculpture depicting Labradors retrieving cod from a dory off the Newfoundland Coast in the 1500's.  This piece was also included in the United Kingdom's Kennel Club Art Gallery Exhibit in 2016. 


A member of Allied Artists of America, National Sculpture Society and Society of Animal Artists,  Ott won the coveted Gold Medal of Honor in 2022 from Allied Artists for his otter monument, "River Rascals".  In 2020, he was honored with the Gilbert & Marion Roller Award for his blue heron monument, "Queen of the Waterway".  And in 2021 Allied Artists awarded Ott the Ranieri Sculpture Casting Award for his peregrine falcon/teal piece, "Survival of the Fittest".  He has participated in numerous juried shows and museum exhibitions including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Brinton Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, Coors Western Art Sale, High Desert Museum, Mountain Oyster Club, National Museum of Wildlife Art, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Sculpture Society, Red River Valley Museum, SEWE and Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.  

Over his career, Ott has placed dozens of life-size and monumental sculptures. Three of his most notable pieces are "Stream Side Companions", a fly fisherman and Labrador at Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport, mountain man, "Jim Bridger" at Bozeman’s Chamber of Commerce and heron monument, "Queen of the Waterway" at Campbell County Cemetery and Sculpture Park in Gillette, WY.  In the fall of 2024, Ott will unveil his monument "Henry Rono", former world class runner at his alma mater, Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. 


Growing up in Spokane, Washington, he has been a wildlife enthusiast and outdoorsman since he was a boy.  Ott attended Washington State University on a tennis scholarship. After graduating, he went to Alaska and worked as a fishing guide for three summers and a welder’s helper in Prudhoe Bay for a year.  It was during this period that he realized that sculpting was his passion.  Ott, his wife Joan of 37 years, and their four children live in Bozeman, MT.  "I am fortunate in having a career as a wildlife sculptor and to be living in Montana.  "It’s a great place to raise a family and to work as a sculptor.  The abundant wildlife, wilderness and resources, provides me with endless ideas and inspiration for my work.”

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