Michael Morgan

Sculpture & 3D/Ceramic & Glass



Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA
tel: 402-802-3537
e-mail: Michael Morgan
www.michaelmorgan.net
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Bio

I am originally from Portsmouth, England, where I worked as a gardener for a number of years before studying to become an artist. I completed my BA (Hons) in Ceramics at The Polytechnic Wolverhapton UK in 1988, and my MFA Ceramics at University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1993. I have received grants and awards from the Clay Studio, University of Nebraska, Nebraska Arts Council and The Bader Fund. Although I have taken part in a number of exhibitions, my work is mainly commission based. I have completed many brick sculptures for both public and private clients. I lived in Lincoln NE since then, and moved to Philadelphia PA in 2010, where I am a practicing artist.

My work has been featured in a number of publications including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, SMART dynamics of masonry, Landscape Architecture, Rockland Magazine and Brickworks, by Gwenn Heaney.

Some of my major commissions are; “Hornets Nest” 2015, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte NC, “Convergence” 2015 Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha NE, “Arches of Resurgence” 2013, SEPTA Philadelphia PA, “27th Street Hearth” 2012, City of Lincoln NE, “Silo” “Memory Wall” “Human Landscape Fireplace” 2005-2010, William Roskens Nashville NE, “Haverstraw Trophy” 2005 Rockland County AIPP, Haverstraw NY, “Spring Valley Terms” 2001 DART, Richardson TX.

I am a sculptor who has worked almost exclusively with brick since 1986. For me, using this humble everyday material to create public art can be a good vehicle for metaphor, mainly because of its accessibility to a wide audience.

Functional and semi-functional elements are often an integral part of my sculpture, I don’t view them as an impediment to the artistic form, rather they drive it to become more when human involvement is present.

Education

1993
Univeristy of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
MFA, Ceramics

1988
The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton, UK
BA, 3D Design & Ceramics
Honors

Awards and Honors

2014
Franz & Virginia Bader Fund

2010
Nebraska Arts Council Grant

1993
Vreeland Award for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

1989
First Prize, American Clay Artists Port of History Museum, Philadelphia PA

Collections and Commissions

(partial list)
2015
Hornets Nest, Westover Police Station, Charlotte, NC

Convergence, Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha, NE

Pearl Street SHIFT Installation, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Arches of Resurgence, 33rd & Dauphin Streets Bus Loop, Philadelphia, PA

2012
27th Street Hearth, 27th Street Plaza, Lincoln, NE

Catagenesis Installation, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA

Thames Wall 2, Sara Hill, London, UK

2011
Bench, Orianna Hill Park, Philadelphia, PA

3 Worlds, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Resurgent Wall, John Carlano, Philadelphia, PA

2010  
Pompey Chair, Monica Halley, Portsmouth, UK

2009
Memory Wall, William & Lisa Roskens, Nashville, NE

Outdoor Classroom Art Area, Dimensions research Foundation, Lincoln, NE

2008  
Human Landscape #2, Northrup Design, Lincoln, NE

2007  
Ethereal Wall #2, Phyllis Moore, Lincoln, NE

2006  
Messy Area, Dimensions Learning Foundation, Lincoln, NE

Ethereal Wall #1, Hilda Raz, Lincoln, NE

Here #1, Dr. Sanford Grossbart, Lincoln, NE

Site Anchor, Ken & Kathryn Govaerts, Lincoln, NE

2005  
Haverstraw Trophy, Rockland County AIPP, Haverstraw, NY

Silo William & Lisa Roskens, Nashville, NE

2004  
Brick Transition, Dakota State University, Madison, SD

2001
Spring Valley Terms, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Richardson, TX

Yoke, Dr. Sanford Grossbart, Lincoln, NE

1999  
Tide Clock, Community Redevelopment Agency, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Seven Herms, Near South Neibourhood Association, Lincoln, NE

Librating Bench, Dr. Robert Synhorst, Lincoln, NE

1998  
Keraunos Wall Extension, David & Kara Lynn Klarner, Lincoln, NE

1997  
Cer, Near South Neibourhood Association, Lincoln, NE

1995  
Children’s Area, George Robertson & Son, Centerpiece for Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA

1994  
Keraunos Wall, David & Kara Lynn Klarner, Lincoln, NE

Competitions

(partial list)
2014
Commission Awarded Westover Police Station, Charlotte, NC

Commission Awarded Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha, NE

2012
Commission Awarded 33rd St & Dauphin Bus Loop, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Finalist Cheltenham/Ogontz Bus Loop, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Finalist Eastern Plaza, Lancaster, PA

2007
Finalist J. L Tower, Anchorage, AK

Finalist University of Connecticut, Waterbury, CT

Finalist H.H Ellis Technical High School, Danielson, CT

2005
Finalist Studio One, Oakland, CA

2004
Commission Awarded Rockland County AIPP, Haverstraw, NY

Commission Awarded Dakota State University, Madison, SD

2002
Finalist Plano Station, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Plano, TX

2001
Finalist Lacledes Landing, St. Louis, MO

Finalist Richards Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Finalist West Center, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE

2000
Commission Awarded Spring Valley Station DART, Richardson, TX

1999
Finalist Park Lane Station DART, Dallas, TX

Finalist Dept of Health, Tallahassee, FL

Finalist Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal One Arrivals Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Commission Awarded Community Redevelopment Agency, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Bibliography

2011
Grande, John, American Craft, April/May

2009
Pagel, Anne, L Magazine, October

2008
International Creators Organization, Public Art: A World’s Eye View: Integrating Art into the Environment, Azur Corporation, p 366-9

2007
Ceramics Monthly, November

Saunders, Lisa, Rockland Magazine, February

2005
Gamucio, Ron X., Rockland County Journal News” July 8, 2005

Geske, Norman, Landscape Architecture, May

2002
Heeney, Gwen, Brickworks, p 96-8

2001
Post, Sarah, Dallas Morning News

Cepurin, Christine “Landscape Architect, February

 

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