Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan

    Contact Information

    michmgm56@gmail.com

    Phone: (402) 802-3537

    http://brickworksmichaelmorgan.com/

    Studio

    2054 E. Somerset St, Philadelphia PA, 19134

    Sculpture & Installation

    Artist's Biography

    I am originally from Portsmouth, England, where I worked as a gardener for twelve years before studying to become an artist. I completed my BA (Hons) in Ceramics at The Polytechnic Wolverhapton UK in 1988, and my MFA in Ceramics at University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1993. I have completed many brick sculptures for both public and private clients throughout the USA and UK. I lived in Lincoln NE until 2010 when I moved to Philadelphia PA, where I continue to make a living as a practicing artist.

    Although I have had a number of exhibitions, my work is largely commission-based. Some of my major recent commissions are; "Somerset Hub," Philadelphia PA, "Hornets Next," Art and Science Council, Charlotte NC, "Convergence," 2015 Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha NE, "Arches of Resurgence," SEPTA Philadelphia PA, "27th Street Hearth," City of Lincoln NE.

    My work has been featured in a number of publications such as American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Landscape Architecture, Rockland Magazine and Dallas Morning News.

    Artist's Statement

    I am primarily a brick sculptor. Using this humble everyday material to create public art connects with a wide audience, particularly in the brick-centric East Coast. We all know what that small rectangular unit is, therefore if it is manipulated, it can become a good vehicle for metaphor.

    I create sculpture that treats this building unit as a sculptural medium, synthesizing it with elements in the natural landscape, thus making a strong connection between the urban and the natural environments. With the inclusion of glaze, and if its clay nature is emphasized, the resulting sculptural possibilities can be much more varied and exciting than is usually seen. For example, a brick sculpture can, without relying solely on direct representation, express concepts of being altered by water, growing out of the ground, community, the passing of time or a feeling of exuberance and movement. During my career I have completed sculptures that have expressed each of these concepts.

    I have completed a number of medium to large scale projects, these have all been specific to a given site, and have stood the test of time in various harsh climates from Florida's East Coast to the upper Midwest and Upstate New York.

    Selected Collections & Commissions

    2019
    Resurgam, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Somerset Hub, Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

    Growth Wall, John Carlano, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Hornet's Nest, Westover Police Station, Charlotte, NC

    Convergence, Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha, NE

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

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

    Thames Wall 2, Sara Hill, London, UK

    2011
    Bench, Orianna Hill Park, Philadelphia, PA

    3 Worlds, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Pompey Chair, Monica Halley, Portsmouth, UK

    2009
    Memory Wall, William & Lisa Roskens, Nashville, NE
    House façade, foundation & fireplace

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

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

    2007
    Ethereal Wall #2, Northrup Design, 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 Neighborhood Ass'n, Lincoln, NE

    Librating Bench, Dr. Robert Synhorst, Lincoln, NE

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2020
    Sculpture in the Glen II, InLiquid @ The Glen, Gladwyne, PA

    2019
    5 Philly Artists, Isaiah Zagar's Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Sculpture in the Glen, InLiquid @ The Glen, Gladwyne, PA

    2017
    Philadelphia Assembled, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    2016
    Like Talking to a Brick Wall, NCECA, Kansas City, MO

    2015
    Pearl Street SHIFT Installation, Design Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Catagenesis Installation, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    Another Nebraska, Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaa, NE

    Artist's Bibliography

    2018
    Clark, James, Neue Keramik, October - November

    2016
    SMART Dynamics of Masonry, February

    2011
    Grande, John, American Craft, April-May

    2009
    Pagel, Anne, L Magazine, October

    2008
    "Public Art, A World's Eye View," International Creators Organization, p. 366-9

    2007
    Article, Ceramics Monthly, November

    Saunders, Lisa, Rockland Magazine, February

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

    Geske, Norman, Landscape Architecture, May

    2002
    Heeney, Gwen, Brickworks, p. 96-8

    Awards & Honors

    2014
    Franz & Virginia Bader Fund

    2010
    Nebraska Arts Council Grant

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

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

    Competitions

    2017
    Liberty Warehouse Wall, Durham, NC
    Finalist

    2014
    Westover Police Station, Charlotte, NC
    Commission Awarded

    Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha, NE
    Commission Awarded

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

    2011
    Cheltenham/Ogontz Bus Loop, Philadelphia, PA
    Finalist

    2010
    Eastern Plaza, Lancaster, PA
    Finalist

    Education

    1993
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
    MFA, Ceramics

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