3-D Design, Liturgical Design, Metal Work, Public Art, Sculpture
Artist / Personal Statement
I am a second generation sculptor, having been trained under my father Frank Niemi, (a self taught abstract sculptor, and ornamental iron artist). In 1968, at age twelve he taught me how to weld and my love for sculpture began. I received my BFA in sculpture from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and began a slow process of becoming a fulltime sculptor. Through faith, sweat and the support of my wife Suzi I went fulltime in 1987 and have been incredibly blessed doing what I love.
The sculptures I create are characterized by an uplifting positive dynamic, my faith in God, the power, and beauty of nature and the energy and balance of dance are the driving forces behind my art. Stainless steel and silicon bronze are my primary materials of choice. I do all of my own fabrication and love the process from start to finish. Craftsmanship, structural strength, and public safety are also important elements to my finished work.
My purpose is to stimulate the mind of the viewer, as well as creating a sculpture that complements and has harmony with the environment that it shares. I’m always amazed to hear everyone's interpretations as it stimulates my mind to be more creative and to view my sculptures differently.
So let your imagination soar…….
Accomplishments / CV
B O R N
February 23, 1956 – Waukegan, IL
E D U C A T I O N
1986-1974 Studied under his father, Frank J. Niemi, a self-taught metal sculptor
1975-1981 Received a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Illinois University – DeKalb, IL
A W A R D S
Northern Illinois University Alumni Association - DeKalb, IL
Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award -College of Visual and Performing Art 2007
M U S E U M S
Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Wisconsin Art – West Bend, WI
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