It took some doing but after a lot of research and several email inquiries, I was finally able to get some very valuable information regarding an exhibition of sports art by artist James (Jim) Ridlon. (Wikipedia Article: Jim Ridlon)
I first saw and learned bout Mr. Ridlon’s works of art at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives in Daphne, AL . Several of his assemblages (a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects) included electric football figures. I had certainly never thought of using electric football figures in this way and found it very interesting.
In an email to the artist (yes!!, he is still alive: 86 years old and living in Nanuet, NY) Mr. Ridlon was kind enough to give me some information about an exhibition of his art at the Canton Art Institute (now the Canton Museum of Art) about 20 years ago.
In an email to the Canton Museum of Art, I was able to obtain the following from Kaleigh Pisani-Page, Curator of Collections & Registrar at the Museum.
Here are several more links to some very interesting articles and videos that I found on the internet featuring Jim Ridlon.
Jim Ridlon takes his talents from the football field to the art studio
AN OLD FRIEND RETURNS – JIM RIDLON’S WORK ON EXHIBIT AT R.C.C.
SU, NFL great Jim Ridlon opens new exhibit at Everson Museum of Art
If you are like me and have a large collection of electric football figures, many of them are probably broken. I now know what I can do with those (unusable) figures.