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Rebecca Leonard 
Phone: 303-478-8790
DD LaRue Studio
1560 Ames Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


April 3, 2012

Denver Art Icon DD LaRue takes “Best in Show” at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 25th International Exhibition on Animals in Art.

On March 24, 2012, recognized local Denver Artist DD LaRue was awarded “Best in Show” and presented $1,000 at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 25th International Exhibition on Animals in Art in Louisiana for her multi-media sculpture entitled “Scapegoat”.

Two-hundred and seventeen (217) artists from 40 states, Canada, and Mexico submitted 506 entries for the show. Of those 506 entries, 70 were accepted for the exhibition.

Additionally, DD’s second entry “Shiny Pig” was purchased and received the Judge’s Award. “Shiny Pig” was chosen to appear on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, and will be used to promote next year’s show.

When asked what motivated her to create the life-size “Scapegoat”, DD responds: “Here I present the Scapegoat as a life-size mountain goat, an animal chosen for its vulnerability to climate change. Downtrodden, stumbling on one knee, it goes forth into the wasteland; with symbols of the sins of the modern world dangling from the red cord tied around its horns.”

DD LaRue, earlier recognized by her flamingo art on Denver dumpsters, has continued to create award-winning art, i.e. her multi-media works have, for example, taken First Place in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and the prestigious Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas. 

Several of DD’s sculptures are permanent acquisitions of the Dog Art Museum in Wichita, KS, the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO, and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Children’s Hospitals throughout the United States.


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Denver Post Interview March 2013

Colorado artist Dede LaRue finds beauty in the animal world ...

As the human race's relationship to the world becomes ever more complex and technological, I feel it becomes increasingly important to attune our emotional and spiritual connections to nature.

With this in mind, I use animals as subject matter to help bring their sense of eloquent grace and psychic vitality to our often nature-sterile environments.  Because the relationship between dogs and humans is the oldest and most complex alliance between two species, they provide unique metaphors to the human condition.  Exploring the human-dog connection through my anthropomorphic canines, I intend to provide an illuminating mirror for us, the "dominant species."

Since the early 1990's, my work has also expanded to encompass animals in mythology and wild animals, particularly the endangered species.  In contrast to dogs and other domesticated animals, these creatures are entirely mysterious to most of us, a mystery my work celebrates, examines and honors.  Through focusing on these beautifully diverse creatures, I seek to value and respect our planet's co-inhabitors.


Newest Exhibit Work

Thai Dragon Dog (2013)

Grassie (2013)