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Artist Carol Fensholt


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To sculptor Carol Fensholt Nierenberg, a fiery horse is nature's most exquisite form. It was just such equines that captured Carol's imagination as a child –– the books 'King of the Wind' and 'The Black Stallion;'  her favorite sculpture, Barye's 'Cheval Turc;' and paintings of Bedouin war steeds by Gericault, Schreyer and Vernet.  Always, she has been fascinated by the horse's expressive power –– equine as incarnation of primal energy and passion.
 
The horse is also, to Carol, a metaphor in the spirit of poet Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” These horses know, as Carol herself did even as a child.  But it was years before she owned her own champion Arabians and Iberian classical riding horses, observed them in action, and began to bring their essence to life in bronze.
 
Today, Carol and her husband, Stuart M. Nierenberg, formerly an attorney in private practice in Manhattan, reside in Carefree, Arizona, on 20 acres they call 'Silver Box Southwest (see separate tab), home to her dream horses and site of her studio.
 
In between was a move, after college, from her native Wisconsin to New York City, followed by 30 years there –– first as a national winner in Mademoiselle Magazine's storied Guest Editorship Competition. Then, having decided to stay and make a career in Manhattan, Carol served as editor, creative director, vice president and partner in several New York media organizations before starting her own company and founding the GMA Forum, a business strategy magazine for food industry executives. During these busy years, with no time to sculpt, Carol applied her artistic eye to the work at hand, winning many awards for design, writing and photography, including 'Best Feature' out of a record 700-plus entries in the Association of Business Publishers (ABP) Jesse H. Neal Editorial Competition; 'Best [...]

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