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A. Thomas Schomberg: Honoring Canine Heroes with War Dog Memorial Sculptures

The War Dog Memorial: Celebrating a Special Bond

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A. Thomas Schomberg, a world-renowned sculptor with a career spanning four decades, has captivated art enthusiasts worldwide with his realistic intensity and ability to convey the essence of his era. Born and raised in America’s heartland during the 1940s and ’50s, Schomberg’s artistic journey has taken him through the exploration of various themes, ultimately leading him to create sculptures that evoke deep emotional connections. Among his most profound and moving works are the War Dog Memorial sculptures, which pay homage to the unbreakable bond between humans and their loyal canine companions.

In a heartfelt video message, A. Thomas Schomberg commends the exceptional collaboration between him and American Fine Arts Foundry.

He expresses his gratitude to Brett Barney, the CEO of American Fine Arts, and the entire foundry team for their outstanding work on the War Dog Memorial sculpture.

Schomberg describes it as a wonderful experience and highlights American Fine Arts Foundry as the finest foundry he has ever worked with.

With a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and dedication exhibited by American Fine Arts Foundry, A. Thomas Schomberg’s endorsement underscores the importance of partnering with skilled artisans to bring monumental sculptures like the War Dog Memorial to life.

The War Dog Memorial and A. Thomas Schomberg’s other creations continue to touch hearts and inspire reflection on the enduring bond between humans and their beloved canine companions. Through his artistry, Schomberg reminds us of the sacrifices made by these heroes, both two-legged and four-legged, in the pursuit of freedom and protection.


Schomberg’s artistic career began to flourish after completing his MA and MFA degrees and teaching for four years at a progressive community college on the East Coast. Despite achieving tenure, he felt compelled to relocate to Colorado in 1975, where he founded Schomberg Studios alongside his wife and agent, Cynthia.

Over the years, Schomberg’s sculptures have garnered international acclaim and are displayed and collected by a diverse group of patrons, including corporations, entrepreneurs, museum directors, curators, private individuals, and even professional athletes. One notable collector is Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone, who commissioned Schomberg to create the iconic ROCKY statue for the film “Rocky III.”

While Schomberg initially focused on athletic figures, his work gradually evolved into what he describes as his “metamorphic series.” These emotionally charged sculptures depict significant American events and convey powerful narratives.

Today, A. Thomas Schomberg’s sculptures grace the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as the National Art Museum of Sport, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art. His work also spans the globe, from the Shenyang National Gallery in Beijing, China, to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The War Dog Memorial is a testament to the unwavering bond between humans and their canine comrades. Created by A. Thomas Schomberg, this remarkable sculpture serves two important purposes. Firstly, it pays tribute to the sacrifices made by humans and dogs in combat situations. These brave individuals have played a pivotal role in safeguarding our freedom, and the War Dog Memorial stands as a symbol of gratitude for their dedication.

The War Dog Memorial has found a place of honor in two significant locations: the March Airfield Museum in Riverside, California, and Sacrifice Field at Fort Benning, Georgia. In both settings, it serves as a poignant reminder of the vital role that “man’s best friend” has played in defending our nation.

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