Matt Dillon Statue
To order, print this page and mail your order to: Dodge City Trail of Fame, PO BOX 1243, Dodge City, KS 67801
The latest project undertaken by the Dodge City Trail of Fame is a life sized bronze sculpture (statue) of James Arness as the iconic Marshal Matt Dillon of GUNSMOKE fame! We hope to fund the project with a combination of public and private grants and donations. This will include a 24" tall maquette (miniature) of the statue and/or an 11" tall bust of James Arness in exchange for a charitable donation to the project (see donation levels below.) A portion of this donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to a non-profit organization. Those who support the project via a specified donation will additionally receive a signed certificate of authenticity and a one of a kind coffee mug from the 60th Anniversary of GUNSMOKE - specially produced by the Arness family.
The Arness Family is very excited about this project. The first prototype maquette was on display at the Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center during the 60th anniversary celebration of the TV show, GUNSMOKE. When the life sized statue is unveiled there will be a special dedication event in Dodge City in celebration.
The prototype sculptures can now be seen at the Dodge City Trail of Fame office located in Eryn's Downtown Center at 509 N. 2nd St.
The bust and maquette are available in two different media. You have a choice of either Cold Cast Bronze Resin (indistinguishable from the bronze) or the more expensive Real Bronze Metal. Both are mounted on a wood and marble base and are numbered special editions signed by the artist. Donation payment can be made via check, money order, PayPal or via PayPal with your credit card. You need not have a PayPal account to do so. If you wish to have a certain special edition number, call us to confirm it. Otherwise, we will provide you with the lowest available number when your order arrives.
Following are the various donation levels:
Cold Cast Bronze Resin:
Call or email us to order yours or for further information:
- ***Lesser donations are very acceptable and gratefully received! You can be a part of bringing Matt home to Dodge City for good!! Any amount at all helps but if you can give $100 or more we have a special GUNSMOKE gift for you! Remember all donations are tax deductible contributions to a non-profit charitable corporation and every dime goes towad bringing Matt back to Dodge!***
The artist is New York Sculptor Tony Cipriano who is well known for his many busts and other figures. Tony was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and attended the SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS in New York City, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in ILLUSTRATION, with a minor in ART EDUCATION.
In 1991, he began work for WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION in Orlando, Florida where he spent 7 years-first as a full-time animation artist, and later as a maquette sculptor.
His screen credits include: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, TARZAN, POCAHONTAS, BROTHER BEAR & MULAN
Since 1997, he has been a FREELANCE SCULPTOR for the animation industry as well as for many toy, action figure and collectible figurine companies, including: MCFARLANE TOYS, DARK HORSE COMICS, FUNKO, ENESCO, MEZCO TOYS, SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES, BOWEN DESIGNS, DC COMICS, WALT DISNEY CLASSICS COLLECTION, TOY BIZ, DREAMWORKS ANIMATION, COMEDY CENTRAL, HASBRO, CARTOON NETWORK, WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO STORES, SCHOLASTIC, MATELL, & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Tony has recently moved himself and is family to Florida.
Check Out Tony and some of his beautiful work:
We became aware of Tony and his incredible talent thanks to our Hollywood connections - author Ben Costello in particular. Thanks, Ben!