Stanley Wanlass is a sculptor who has created historic monuments throughout the United States, for example, at the Fort Clatsop National Memorial, commemorating the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the shores of the Pacific. He is also a professor emeritus and taught at numerous universities in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Wanlass has created many pieces depicting the automobile. He grew up working at his father’s gas station in Lehi, Utah, and his Brigham Young University master’s thesis is on the automotive emblem design—a thesis that was later published in New York. Richard G. Oman, in an Ensign magazine article about Latter-day Saint sculptors, wrote: “His bronze pieces of cars are recognized as among the foremost sculptures of automobiles. His automobile sculptures have a freshness, wit, and spontaneity that blend the maturity and skill of fine art with the delight of childhood. They have been displayed in museums from Los Angeles to Stuttgart, Germany.”
Wanlass is also a painter. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.