Achievements

AWARDS

Keeper of Plains Award, Department of Homeland Security/Transportion Securities Adminstration 2011

Governor’s HMSI  Design Team Public Improvement Award of Excellence for Main   2007                                                  
Street Original Pole Banner Art 2007

Best of Show Award, Art in Park, Grand Island, Nebraska 2009

Artist of Month Featured Display ,Dane Hansen Museum2006, 2007, 2010

Featured Artist Display, Barton County Fair 2001

Featured Artist Award, Hansen Art Show 2006 & 2007

Dienes Cultural Art Center Showing 2005

Wellington Wheat Festival Prize Award 2002

Greensburg Prize Award 2004 -05

Cheyenne Bottoms 50th Anniversary Collectable Medallion Coin.  (produced artwork)

 

PUBLICATION

Artists Trial.  KANSAS MAGAZINE, Summer 2008

Reasons We Love Kansas, Cutting Edge, Jennifer Haugh, Winter 2011

Art of Steel, Prime Steel Orbis, Katie Memmel, November/December 2011

Breaking the Prairie Sod, Great Bend Memorial Recenty Unveiled. Kansas Country Living,  2/2012

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Kansas 9/11 sculpture to incorporate Trade Center Artifact. Wichita Eagle, Sarah Kajewski, 6/18/2011

Transportation Security Adminstration to visit Bitter Studio, Karen Lapierre, 8/17/2011

Lifelong love of art triumps as career, P.J. Griekspoor, Kansas Farmer 9/2012

Heritage Wall Displays,Waters True Value , 4 of 6 stores completed, 2009-2013

Hanging Art on Main Streets, Sheila Grant, Dowtown Promotion Reporter, 6/2012

Metal Artist Wins Best of Show, Tracy Overstreet, The Independent7/19/2009

Artist uses tools—including plasma torch—for citys pole art, Don Steele 8/21/2009

Dodge City Custom Pole Art Showcase, Josh Roesener 8/19/2009

Bitter brothers create unique works of metal works, K. LaPierre, Hoisington Dispatch 10/30/08

County Approves Fancy Fencing for Cemeteries, C. Smith Great Bend Tribune 8/30/06

Hoisington Main Street to create Artful downtown with banners. P. Martin Great Bend Tribune 8/24/06

Hoisington Commissions Artist’s work. K. Hanks The Hutchinson News 5/12/07 (AP)

B&B Builds Downtown decorations. T. Spradley, Hoisington Dispatch 3/15/07

Brothers Weld Ideas Into Fine Art. P.Martin, Greatbend Tribune 5/8/07

New Pieces of work will showcase craftsman nationally.  Hoisington Dispatch 2/7/07

Sparks Fly. Pam Martin Great Bend Tribune 2003 (A/P press)

Smoky Hills PBS 9th Annual Art Auction. Elk Picture Frame 2002

Bitter to have artwork in PBS auction. Hoisington Dispatch 5/11/02

 

TELEVISION

KSN, B and B Metal Arts Benefit from Farm and Ranch Show

WIBW, Unique Memorial Unveiled At Manhattan Airport. WIBW, Lindsey Rogers, 12/15/2011

 KAKE, World Trade Center I-Beam To Become Part Of Airport Sculpture, Jared Cervullo,3/18/2011

Outdoor Channel, Documentary on Majestic Valley Arena and Chandelier (customers indicated seeing this)

CBS Central Kansas Road Trip Presentation 7/07 Original Pole Art Banner Broadcast as destination for

Fox, OKC Evening News PBR Booth 2/07

CBS Kansas Evening News Feature, 3I show booth displayed 4/2004

CBS Kansas Evening News  Majestic, Valley Rodeo Chandelier 2002

 

DONATIONS

Department Homeland Securities/Transporation Securites Adminstration, (7) WTC Airport Memorials

KANS for KIDS 2008

BCCC Art Auction 2002-12

Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Annual Auction 2003/08

Heartland Cancer Auction  2007-08

Pheasants Forever Benefit Auction, 2008

KHOK Radio Auction 2003-08

CASA Donation, 2005-12

 

ORGANIZATIONS

HMSI, Design Committee.  Presented the idea of Original Metal  Pole art banners and structures for the utilization of art as method to increase tourism 2005-present

Cheyenne Partnership. Promotion and education of Cheyenne Bottoms as well as tourist attractions

Hands of Kansas  2000-2005