James Surls has been exhibiting his handcrafted wood and steel sculptures for more than four decades . Raised in a house hand built by his father, Surls grew up working with the materials and tools he had available to him. This handcrafted, rustic aesthetic continues to inform his drawing, prints and sculptures depicting natural and human forms. Surls studied at Houston State University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is housed in dozens of prominent American Art Museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington , D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; the High Museum, Atlanta; and the Whitney Museum of America, New York as well as numerous private and corporate collections. His many accomplishments include a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in 1979, being named Texas Artist of the Year by the Art League of Houston in 1991 and receiving the Living Legend Award from the Dallas Visual Art Center in 1993.