ABOUT the ARTIST
"For me, art has always been something
of a means of travel
a way to go places and see things. I guess I have a bit of a
wanderer in me.. an artistic vagabond. I still enjoy few things more than scenery
that changes by the minute. As a child we never traveled far or very often. But through my
art, I could sail the high seas, slay a few fire-breathing dragons, fly jet planes and
rocket ships or have assorted shoot-outs with desperados and invading armies
all on a
sheet of paper.
At age 17, a paralyzing injury
resullted in life-long disability which made real life travels difficult at best. Despite
having to re-learn to move my arm in order to draw, I soon found I could still go anywhere
I liked by jumping into one of my magic windows. One day I might wander down a
country road toward a forgotten bridge or country store. The next I may be exploring a
classic Victorian house or looking up an imaginary castle. Art has always been my
my all access pass to discovery.
places I visit are sometimes real
other times imaginary. Regardless, I invite you to join me on my artistic
journeys. Like me, I hope youll feel youve been there before!"
Randy Souders is a graduate of the University of Texas at
Arlington and has been a full-time artist since 1978. As owner of SOUDERS FINE ART,
Inc., hes published over 100 editions which are collected by thousands of
people worldwide. For over 30 years, Randys created artworks for both individual
collectors and corporations including:
· Walt Disney Company
Since 1990, the Disney company has commissioned Randy to create fine art paintings
featuring their world famous landmarks and characters. Disney reproduces his
paintings as limited edition prints and other collectible merchandise which they feature
throughout their theme parks, resorts, and galleries. His paintings have been
transformed into limited edition prints, posters, greeting cards, clocks, watchs, Limoges
(fine china) dinnerware, and a host of other collectible items. He also the only artist
asked to create the limited edition poster for the Official Disneyana
Convention an annual gathering of 2,000 Disney enthusiasts from around the world.
Collector demand at this event is so great that the accounting firm of Price-Waterhouse
conducts a lottery to award rights to purchase his posters which are traditionally an
· Kraft/ General Foods Randy created two paintings
which were featured on over 3 million Maxwell House collectible coffee cans.
Each featured a special label and color insert offering a coffee mug with the same
painting. Proceeds benefited Very Special Arts. A congressional reception was hosted in
the LBJ room at the US Capitol building.
· State Farm Insurance Randy created a series
of paintings featuring nostalgic scenes of Americas heartland. One, entitled Main Street Memories, was chosen for
their annual agency sales program. Approximately 10,000 framed prints were
awarded to agents who achieved performance goals set for the year.
· MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in
partnership with Turner Entertainment Randy entered
a joint venture to create entertainment themed works- some based on imagery from the
classic MGM movie library. His first assignment was to create a definitive view of the
Emerald City from
the Wizard of OZ which has been reproduced in a limited edition of 300 lithographs. He was
flattered to have his painting "formally approved" by Roger S. Baum, the great grandson of
OZ creator, Frank L. Baum.
· Very Special Arts Randy serves on the national board of directors
of VSA Arts (formerly Very Special Arts- an
affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC). He
helps oversee their organizations across America and in over 90 countries worldwide.
Randy's fellow board members include a "who's who" of America (including Senator
Bob Dole, members of the Kennedy family, Tom Brokaw and John Hockenberry of NBC, Academy
Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, Jim McCann of 1-800-Flowers
and many others).
Randy has been featured in two
nationally televised program entitled "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION (I & II)" which
were hosted by academy award winning actress Marsha Mason and Faith Daniels of NBC.
· Chronicles of Courage Randy was profiled in
the book Chronicles of Courage which was co-written by George Plimpton and Jean Kennedy
Smith (former US Ambassador to Ireland, founder of Very Special Arts, and sister to
President John F. Kennedy). A full page excerpt from his story was reprinted in PARADE
Magazine (which enjoys a weekly readership in excess of 80 million nationwide!). >Click here to read<
· "An American Collection" Randy was
commissioned to create a painting commemorating the 200th anniversary of Washington as the
United States Capitol. This painting is still touring the world as part of an exhibition
entitled "An American Collection" To date, it has been exhibited at the Royal
Museum in Tokyo, the Hanoke Museum in Japan, the Royal Museum in Brussels, as well as in
New York, San Francisco, Alabama, Connecticut and many other museums and venues.
· Art in Embassies Program Since 1992, Randy
has been honored to be invited to participate in the US State Departments Art
in Embassies program. One of his paintings is on exhibition in the US Embassy in
Dublin, Ireland. Letters of thanks were received from President Clinton, Vice President
Gore, and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
· Yamagata Fellows Institute Randy has been a 5 time juror
of the prestigious international Yamagata Fellows Institute for visual arts (a
collaboration with the Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC). Each year the three person jury
selects candidates from around the world to come to the United States.
· International VSA Festival Randy was a representative of
the United States delegation to the 1991International Very Special Arts Festival in
Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). In addition to exhibiting his artwork, he was a
featured speaker and trainer to several hundred delegates in attendance.
· Call to Rise Randy was a founding member of the
Call to Rise exhibition sponsored by Humana Corporation and Very Special Arts.
The jury included the participation of J. Carter Brown (former head of the National
Gallery of Art) and Frank Stella (Internationally known contemporary artist). Mr. Souders
was honored to have a painting included in this prestigious exhibition.
· Nestle´ Very Best in
Youth Program Randy served the arts juror
for the Nestle´ Corporations Very Best in Youth program. This national
program was established by Nestle´ to award scholarships and grants to individuals and
groups who achieve excellence in arts, athletics, and community service. Randy attended
the official ceremonies at the US Capitol as the guest of Nestle´. His fellow advisory
board members also included Olympic gold medalists' Bruce Jenner and Bart Connor.
· National Medal of Arts In 1997,
Randy was nominated for the prestigious National Medal of Arts award
(established by Congress in 1984) for his work in advocating arts programming for persons
with disabilities. This award is given by the President of the United States to
individuals who, in his judgment, ... are deserving of special recognition by reason
of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of
the arts in the United States... Though he did not win, the honor of
being nominated was a huge delight.
News and Interviews
Randy has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, Art West, Art Business News,
Collector's Mart, Collector Editions, Collector's Showcase, Decor Magazine, Prints
Magazine, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Texas Homes, Disney Magazine, Parade
Magazine, Beam, USA TODAY, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and many
other state, local, and national publications. Randy has also been featured several times
on CNN and in national publications like USA TODAY.
Commissions & Collections Randys works are to be
found in the collections of the The Walt Disney Company, MGM Grand, State Farm Insurance,
Maxwell House, Maytag Corporation, Norman Rockwell Museum (Philadelphia), Humana
Corporation, Texaco, Texas Instruments, Southwestern Bell, Coca-Cola, Frito Lay, Harris
Medical Systems, Continental Medical Systems, Dallas Rehabilitation Center, Cooks/ Fort
Worth Childrens Medical Center, Texas Historic Foundation, Bank One, Justin
Industries, Shield Medical, Sheraton Hotels, and many more.
Exhibitions The White House, US Capitol, John F. Kennedy Center
(Washington, DC), Texas State Capitol, Texas State Fair (3 million visitors), Orlando
Museum of Art, Very Special Arts Gallery (Washington, DC), International VSA Festival-
Taipei, Taiwan; University of Hawaii, University of Texas, Disneyana Conventions (Florida
& California), -- plus over 300 gallery events, public exhibitions, and one-man shows.