San Angelo's own Elmer Kelton has published 47 novels and 13 non-fiction books in the Western genre. Three of his books have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Western Writers of America have awarded him an unprecedented total of SEVEN Spur Awards! Kelton has been chosen by his peers of the Western Writers of America as the "Best Western Writer of all Time."
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to literature, a committee of Elmer Kelton supporters is working toward the creation of a life size statue of him which will be placed inside the new Tom Green County Library when it is completed in 2010. This committee has chosen local artist Raul Ruiz from among 10 other artists. Ruiz was commissioned for this piece after the committee and members of the Kelton family reviewed his proposal. Ruiz's other San Angelo public art pieces include the sculpture in front of the Junell Center at Angelo State University and a bronze of a sheep shearer at work. His studio and gallery is located at 76 N. Chadbourne in San Angelo.
We’ve collected just over $40,000 toward our goal of $85,000—most of this has come from donations of $25 to $1,500. But we still need your help. Donations are being accepted through the San Angelo Area Foundation (see information below.) Any tax deductible donation you can make will be greatly appreciated.
Larger donations will receive the following premiums:
2) Donations of $7,500 will receive a limited edition 12” bronze replica of the actual life-size statue (sketch shown at lower left with Kelton standing next to a split rail fence) which will be placed in the new library. This bronze replica will also be numbered and signed by the artist.
1) Donations of $3,000 will receive a limited edition 9” bronze bust of Elmer Kelton (see photo of clay model, lower right) This bronze bust by Ruiz will be numbered and signed by Ruiz.