A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2012, Harold T. Holden, or “H” as he is known to most, has been capturing the West in sculpture and paintings for more than 45 years.
While his paintings can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp, his public sculptures have kept him busy with 24 monuments in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas completed in the last 30 years.
In 2001 H received the Governor’s Art Award from Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, and he has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. In 2005 he was selected as a Distinguished Alumni from Oklahoma State University, and he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014.
On April 22, 2017, H became the first Oklahoma artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He is currently at work sculpting a larger-than-life monument of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton to go on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
H lives near Kremlin, Oklahoma, with his wife, Edna Mae.