Edward Hlavka (b. 1964) became interested in sculpture at a young age while growing up in South Dakota. In grade school, he was featured in the “South Dakota Outstanding Young Artists Exhibition.” Inspired by Renaissance artwork on a trip to Italy as a teenager, he returned to Europe as an adult to study sculpting in France. In 1982-83, Hlavka attended the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis for sculpture. Soon after, he apprenticed with fellow National Statuary Hall sculptor George Lundeen. Hlavka sculpts diverse subjects, specializing in bronze, life-size portrait and figurative sculptures. Notable among them, also in Washington, D.C., is the statue depicting the alliance between the Oneida Nation and the U.S. during the Revolutionary War, donated by the Oneida Indian Nation to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. Hlavka currently resides in LaVerkin, Utah.