B.J. Mungenast, Sculptor
The idea for the monument was conceived by Colonel James Laufenburg, who was the Regimental Commander of The Old Guard during the September 11 attack on America. B.J. Mungenast accepted the challenge as the sculptor because of her love for the country and the U.S. Army.
In addition to her sculpting skills, Mungenast has an incredible thirst for perfection with every detail, and she spent countless hours with soldiers modeling their uniforms. She even had the uniforms in her studio so she could
reference even the most minute detail.
B.J. Mungenast, a native of St. Louis, Missouri,
portrays in her sculptures and paintings the inspiration of nature’s influence on everyday life. Whether it be a lonesome cowboy, or the Masai warrior protecting his herd, B.J. enjoys exhibiting the beauty of nature in
At an early age, B.J. gained a respect and love for the displays of nature, both creatures and landscapes.
Beginning with oil paintings and evolving into
sculptures, B.J. leaves no detail in question in her
sculptures. Her pieces are representative of not only refined artistic skill and vision, but also a passionate dedication to recreate as essence of life and love in every one of her pieces.
The sculptures watch you; they have a presence that demands your attention. The sculptures move you as you seek an angle that will reveal every proportion and detail. The sculptures reward you with an essence of B.J.’s love and passion for all things artistic.
Many varied influences and experiences have shaped B.J.’s artistic development. Beginning with her early paintings, pastels, and drawings, her work has always been outdoor-oriented, focusing on the inhabitants, not necessarily the landscapes.
Studying with Rob Sadler, B.J. honed her mastery of painting, choosing to focus on nature-oriented subjects.
This appreciation of nature developed B.J.’s artistic talents more than formal coursework, however, for she developed this focus into her most successful and rewarding venue, sculpting.
Following an introduction from Charles Edelman, Barry Johnson served as her mentor, encouraging and helping develop her sculpting skills. This development demanded familiarity with both human and animal anatomy, for which B.J. completed courses of study
Her work has been refined throughout the years, but came to a true culmination with sculpting. Through it all, having the common vision and virtue of loving nature has kept B.J. focused. Following a workshop with Fritz White at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, B.J. enjoyed the fruits of her labor as the bronze edition of “Sometimes” was cast.
The pictures below detail B.J. Mungenast's work as she developed her
creative vision for The Old Guard Monument.