A native of South Dakota, T.R. “Tony” Chytka, Class of ’77, has created these exquisite miniature replicas of BHSU’s mascot, Sting. All of the proceeds will go toward scholarships at Black Hills State University.
“Original" Sting Sculpture
“Bronze” Sting Sculpture
Get Your Own Piece of BHSU History - the Bronze Sting!
Both sculptures stand (from base to antenne) ten (10) inches tall.
Miniature replica sculpture may be viewed:
September 29 - October 22 during the 14th Annual BHSU Alumni Art Show in the Ruddell Gallery of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus.
October 1 - 3 at the Spearfish Center for the Arts located on Main Street in Spearfish.
Each miniature replica sculpture, regardless of “original” or “bronze”, is $1,000. Shipping and Handling is included in overall price.
Check made out to the BHSU Foundation
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa and Discover
Payment may be sent to:
Black Hills State University
University Advancement Office
1200 University Street Unit 9506
Spearfish, SD 57799-9506
For more information about the miniature replicas, contact the University Advancement Office
at (605) 642-6385.
Tony Chytka, the artist, with the bronze sculpture that adorns the
front entrance to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
More information about the artist:
Tony Chytka is a cowboy artist whose art reflects his life experience - he’s a rancher and former champion bull rider. Tony’s large bronze of rodeo great T.C. Holloway was recently installed in the center of historic Deadwood, S.D.
He created four of the six large bronzes on display in the sculpture garden at the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame. His life-size bronze of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs was installed at the dedication of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and Museum in Ft. Pierre, S.D. In 1995, he created a bronze steer wrestler sculpture that was displayed in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo, and is on permanent display in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. His sculptures have been featured on The George Michael Sports Machine, Ducks Unlimited, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Calgary Stampede. Tony has also been named Artist of the Year by the South Dakota Western Heritage Hall of Fame.
In May of 2010, Tony created a bronze sculpture of the BHSU mascot, Sting, which now adorns the front entrance to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.