Sampsel Art Studio
THOMAS MARK SAMPSEL
The Sculptor
Sampsel History 
Born in Elyria, Ohio, Thomas Mark Sampsel was the fourth of six childern. Art had a hold of him at early age.  In 1976 his family relocated to Council Grove, Kansas where still in high school, he began selling his artwork. His first sculpture was sold in 1977.

Sampsel continued his education at Coffeeville, Kansas junior college and then at Kansas University. At KU he met and became an assistant of late Elden Tefft, a professor emeritus of art. Tefft remarks about Sampsel,"One of the things(I admire) is his persistence and his willingness to work hard enough to do what's necessary. He continues to amaze me by the research he does."  Their bond between teacher and student became a good friendship. And Sampsel continued to work projects with Tefft over the next thirty years until his pasting in 2015.

In the mid to lates 90s, Sampsel made a couple dozen busts. 10 bronze busts are at the Kanza Museum honoring the five of the most popular Kaw chiefs of the past and the last five full-blood Kaw Indians. 

Sampsel also started teaching classes sharing his knowledge and craft of mold making, modeling, stone carving, and casting to students of all ages in workshops. For current workshops, please go the workshop  page.

"The Guardian of the Grove" was unveiled in Coucil Grove, Kansas mid June of 1998. The eight feet and 10 inches bronze statue stands where the Santa Fe Trail crosses the Neosho River.

In 2005, the life-sized sculpture of Major General Frederick Funston was place in front of his Boyhood Home and Museum in Iola, Kansas.

His service is available for commercial work, wholesale and workshops. 
 


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