Electra Waggoner Biggs
Electra Waggoner Biggs (1912-2001), granddaughter of W.T. Waggoner and former co-owner of the Waggoner Ranch, was also an internationally renowned sculptor. She won a third prize at the prestigious Salon d’Autum in Paris and had work exhibited at Seligman’s in New York. Her work was also on exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, Notre Dame University and Duke University as well as having commissions in the Eisenhower Library, the Truman Library, the National USO Building and the Texas State House. Her best known work was probably the heroic size sculpture of Will Rogers on his favorite horse, Soapsuds, in front of the Will Rogers Colliseum in Fort Worth. The work was recast three times and stands in front of the Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma, at the entrance of Texas Tech University and in the sculpture garden of the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The Red River Valley Museum has the largest collection of this remarkable artist’s work on display in the Waggoner Room. An award-winning video about her life and work is available for viewing as is a replica of her studio.
Electra II, a book by Roze McCoy Porter about Electra Waggoner Biggs, is available in the museum giftshop.