Biennial Sculpture Exhibit
Now accepting submissions for the 2017 Biennial Sculpture Exhibit!
The Brighton Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is a "must see" Brighton attraction. The City of Brighton is committed to regional initiatives that improve the quality of life within the community. The sculpture exhibit is just one example, housing permanent and circulating pieces, that enhances the vibrancy of Brighton's downtown. The funding for the exhibit is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), City of Brighton Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission (BACC).
The City’s biennial sculpture exhibit was established in 2004 and according to former Mayor, Kate Lawrence, it all “started in the dumpster." More than a decade ago, former Mayor Lawrence met local artist and sculptor, John Suave, as he was dumpster diving at Lawrence Auto Body, "shopping" for materials to finish his next big project. Other Michigan communities had started their own exhibits and Brighton wanted in on the action. Tapping into the the immense amount of local talent, the Biennial Sculpture Exhibit was born and is now home to pieces from artists across the state and region. The exhibit currently houses 28 pieces __ of which are now permanent installments in the community. The exhibit highlights Brighton's walkability and strong arts and culture presence. The Arts and Culture Commission invites everyone to experience the exhibit and the community by taking a self-guided tour.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Walking Map
“Sancho Panza” by Steve Cannaert Steve was born in Ann Arbor in 1976 and now lives in Pinckney. He is a design and welding engineer by trade. He attended Washtenaw CC.
“Steel” by Adam Genei, Brighton MI Adam is the owner of a company here in Brighton called Mob Steel. They manufacture customized cars and wheels Adam is a multidimensional designer with an interest in clean design. Inspired by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, designer Genei uses postmodern design and industrial elements to provide a sense of space in his designs. Adam donated this piece to the city to raise money for Gleaners Food Bank.
“Don Quixote” by Steve Cannaert Steve was born in Ann Arbor in 1976 and now lives in Pinckney. He is a design and welding engineer by trade. He attended Washtenaw CC.
“Blown Away” by Bryan Barker Bryan is a young man who lives and works in Brighton. He loves to fashion animals from metal. He told me his mothers yard is filled with his pieces. You’ll see one of his animal pieces today. Bryans works add both color and whimsy to our sculpture exhibit.”
“Winter 05” by Doug Gruizenga. Doug lives in Interlochen MI. B.S. Art Education, Western Michigan University. M.A. Art Practice, Western Michigan University. Emphasizing sculpture and furniture design. The sculptures that I produce are an attempt to study the absolutes and variables of form and function. Each piece has a basis in actual objects that I have found to be visually stimulating. I then vary the composition, and the relationship between design elements, in an effort to understand the universal truths and variables of composition and function.
"Man in Motion" by Mark Oberting.
“The Winged Guardian” by Diane Marie Kramer Intuition based painter, sculptor and photographer. “All of my work is conceived from within. Just as nature shapes through time its landscapes, I too have been shaped by my past experiences. I try to discern “the essence of things”. Intuition and dream states are channels through which I arrive at the form and content of my work. I am able to focus beyond the immediate visual reality and allow myself to enter a dream state. I am then able to cultivate my images, feelings and forms which connect me to the unconscious world where my images are developed. My work conveys the passage of time and inner worlds reflecting who I am as an artist and individual”. dmk
Kramer said she started working on the sculpture outside this past winter and completed it in July. After having someone weld the frame, she began placing layers of poultry mesh and cement, a process called ferro cement. She kept it wet by using burlap bags and rags.
“Hopefully, it’s going to be a positive force for Brighton, and the residents will interpret it as they will,” Kramer said. As she has done with her other pieces, Kramer put personal items into the sculpture. She placed some of her father’s old steel washers and rocks she collected into the work, as well as some diamond dust to make it sparkle.
“Bob” by Chido Johnson Having lived between two cultures, the United States and Zimbabwe, has led my work to persistently locate cultural spaces identified as other and different in an attempt to find physical or narrative performances to transform and negotiate a new sense of self, place and belonging. I wanted to be a clown, a gorilla, and a priest, so i became an artist. He is now an associate professor at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit
“Our Halo” by Bryan Barker. Another Touch of whimsy in our sculpture exhibit
“Spiral” by Maureen Voorheis West Bloomfield, and fabricator Jim Ignash from Howell, "There's always movement in my sculpture, which is rolled steel spiraling toward the sky," Voorheis said. Thus, she said, the choice of a name: “Spiral.”
"Images of Ur I," sculpted by Sergio De Giusti.
“Currents,” “Recycle,” and “Flex,” sculpted by The Nordin Brothers of Detroit Design Center. These pieces were commissioned by the Arts and Culture Commission after receiving a grant. The Arts and Culture Commission wanted sculptures with movement and interaction for the pocket park. These pieces are not only interesting to look at, but they are interesting to watch as they sway and spin in the wind.
“Joy (Sara Fisher Memorial)," was designed by Sara Fisher and donated to the City by her family after she was killed in a car accident. Her family wanted to see Sara's vision come to life, so had the piece built and put on display overlooking the Millpond.
“City With a Halo” by Jon Piet, sculptor and Director of the Art Department at Macomb Community College. A Detroit native he was educated at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Arts and Crafts (Center for Creative Studies) and Wayne State University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. As one who grew up in the industrial Midwest, powerful influences came from the character of the streets, factories and the music of Detroit. It is here where I can draw ideas from a wealth of technology and raw materials, essential in providing my art with material and inspiration.
“It’s a Keeper,” (pictured at top of page) by Michael Monroe. A Brighton native Michael is known for his wildlife painting. He was commissioned by the Optimist Club for this piece as a gift to the city.
“Decision Pending” by Jay Holland, Oak Park, MI. Jay Holland Professor Center for Creative Studies. Holland is considered by many to be a father of Detroit sculpture; he taught the craft at CCS from 1964 to 1998. Received his art degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jay Holland envisioned this work as representative of someone walking with their head held high after putting his shattered life back together. The figure's clenched fist and confident stance hint at resolve.
“Metropolis,” sculpted by The Nordin Brothers, Detroit. A piece by Erik and Israel Nordin, Detroit Design Center.
"From Nature to Nature," sculpted by Kegham Tazian.
“Blue Heron” by Michael Glenn Monroe
“Doppleganger” by John Sauve. John was the original curator for the Brighton Biennial art exhibit. His most interesting work is currently is an on-going sculpture installation, The Man In The City, is which has been literally turning heads all over Metro and downtown Detroit as well as the rest of the midwest. This usually shows up as a steel cut out of a man. He is at heart an artist; a sculptor, but he is also the non-profit leader of his own Sauvé Art Foundation, community activist, and teacher to inner-city children through his art programs.
“Dancer Two” John Piet John Piet, Director
Department of Art Macomb Community College. A Detroit native he was educated at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Arts and Crafts (Center for Creative Studies) and Wayne State University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. As one who grew up in the industrial Midwest, powerful influences came from the character of the streets, factories and the music of Detroit. It is here where I can draw ideas from a wealth of technology and raw materials, essential in providing my art with material and inspiration.
"Bring Your Chalk and Draw on Me” Adnan Charara, Dearborn MI
Adnan Charara is a Lebanese-American artist who has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1982. With an unquenchable thirst to create since he was a child, he drew, painted, sculpted and assembled his way from Seattle to Boston to Detroit, where he currently makes his artistic home. Adnan works in multiple mediums with several ideas at a time, treating his studio practice like a detail-oriented factory. His hard-working dedication is masked, however, by his whimsical and humorous treatment of serious subjects. He now has a gallery in the Cass Corridor in Detroit. The children love this interactive piece of art.
“Stretch” by Bryan Barker of Brighton, MI. Another of the whimsical pieces, perfect for this setting by the Imagination Station. Bryan is a young man who lives and works in Brighton. He loves to fashion animals from metal. He told me his mothers yard is filled with his pieces. You’ll see one of his animal pieces today. Bryan’s works add both color and whimsy to our sculpture exhibit.”
“Emergence” Sergie DeGiusti, Redford, MI
The only piece in the Biennial in an inside location is a 36-inch by 30-inch relief cast in Hydro-Stone, a hard, gypsum-based concrete. De Giusti received both his bachelors and master degree in fine art from Wayne State University, and taught art history and studio art classes there. In addition, he has also taught sculpture at the Center for Creative Studies- College of Art and Design in Detroit and at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan.
“Elegant Lady” by Kegham Tazian, Farmington Hills, MI.
Kegham Tazian knew that creating art was his passion. However, it was not until he visited Rome, at the age of 21, on his journey to the United States to attend college that he realized his true love for the arts. Having never been to a museum or taken an art class, he toured the magnificent work at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and left Italy inspired to create his own paintings and sculptures. Tazian has been a professor of art at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge campus, in Farmington Hills, Michigan since 1967. During that period, he has served as chairman of the art department for six years and as the director of the Smith Theatre Art Gallery for over 25 years. Tazian continues to create his paintings and sculptures at his residence in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
“The Bird” by Piet Lindhout Brighton, MI.
Piet is an architect by trade but loves to fashion art from metal.