Sculptor Garland A. Weeks was born in Amarillo and raised in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Texas Tech University and is a long-time resident of Lubbock. His sculptures have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, and he is considered one of the nation’s most acclaimed contemporary figurative sculptors. He spent 45 years creating art based on his observations of Mother Nature’s native wildlife, insects, pets, and livestock but is best known for human figures. Garland realized two of his professional sculpting goals by being elected to full membership in the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Western Art in 1990. He was selected as the Official Sculptor of Texas in 1995 by the Texas State Legislature and was advanced to the status of Fellow by the National Sculpture Society in 2004. Included among his many commissions is a life-size monument of Old Yeller to memorialize the classic book’s author, Fred Gipson; a life-size monument at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS, to memorialize astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to step off the face of the moon; a life-size Revolutionary War memorial honoring General Francis Marion; a life-size portrait of U.S. Army General Adna R. Chaffee; a portrait sculpted in high relief of former Texas Governor Preston Smith for the Lubbock International Airport; and the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial honoring first responders located in Leroy Elmore Park.
Garland A. Weeks was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2014.