Concordia Art Professor Exhibits Life's Works
Sep 25, 2009
CONCORDIA ART PROFESSOR EXHIBITS LIFE’S WORKS
Concordia art professor Duane Mickelson will showcase a large collection of his life’s works in an exhibition held jointly by Concordia’s Cyrus M. Running Gallery and The Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead.
“Transformations to Tricksters: Selections from 35 Years of Sculpture, The Art of Duane Mickelson,” will open Monday, Oct. 5 in the Cyrus M. Running Gallery at Concordia and run through Nov. 8. A reception will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 in the gallery and Mickelson will speak at 5:30 p.m.
The exhibit at the Rourke will open to the public Oct. 11.
Mickelson’s work in sculpture began by appropriating found automobile parts and transforming during the process of assembling them. His work then progressed to cast bronze, welded steel, found wood and other materials, still incorporating found objects. Some of Mickelson’s sculptures belong to specific series and almost all his works are metaphorical and incorporate found objects in their design. Pieces vary in size from smaller forms in bronze to the larger forms done in mixed media.
Mickelson graduated from Concordia with a B.A. in art education in 1974. He went on to earn an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., in 1982. Mickelson, associate professor of art, has taught and sculpted at Concordia since 1978.
Mickelson’s sculptures have been featured in numerous local, regional and national exhibitions and are in the collections of regional galleries and private collections. His work has been commissioned by colleges, churches, businesses and private individuals.