Kroeger Beckner. Photo by Akin.
A Missouri artist who specializes in "Canine Images,"
Joy Kroeger Beckner creates life-like sculptures of dachshunds and
other dogs that delight young and old. Joy is inspired by sensuous
shapes of skin, bone, and muscle. She is thrilled to make something
move in-the-round bringing smiles, giggles, or tears to the eyes
of those who see and touch her work.
1993, Joy has annually created bas relief portraits for the National
Cosmetology Hall of Fame. Joy first showed in a national competition
in 1996. Since then, she has earned awards from the National Academy
Museum, the National Sculpture Society, and the Society of Animal
Artists. Her bronze dachshunds have earned numerous awards, including
four Best-in-Shows. Art Show at the Dog Show sponsors purchased
one of her pieces for the permanent collection of the American Kennel
Club Museum of the Dog. Joy attended Washington University School
of Fine Arts in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
with husband Brian and inspirations Edgar and Lizzie. Photo by Matt