Mic Carlson ArtPrize 2018

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Mic Carlson

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Since 2009, I had the ambitious vision of building the St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden – a peaceful, scenic sanctuary where visitors are be welcome to walk the paths and sit on hand-carved benches along picturesque wooded trails for a quiet retreat. I have created 12 bronze sculptures that tell the story of Francis. Francis has inspired me in many ways since 1997. The very first Art Prize I created Francis leaping over the world. “World Peace Statue” I was in the top 25 (now at the St. Francis Garden). ArtPrize was a grand experience and I’m happy to continue to share my vision of Francis again this year. Please feel free to visit The Saint Francis Sculpture Garden at the Dominican Center at Marywood 2025 East Fulton for a quiet reflective walk..(minutes from downtown) Francis and the symbol of Now will collectively be showcased outside at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church located at 134 Division Avenue North, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Looking forward to meeting many people and sharing the life lessons of Francis and staying in the present moment. Pace e ben

Bronze sculptor Mic Carlson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1965. He has operated his own galleries in Grand Rapids and Saugatuck, Michigan. He has had 4 exhibitions in Italy, including a month long exhibition at the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, Italy. He displayed 16 bronze statues telling the story of St. Francis of Assisi. His wife Susan Evangelista has added a major spark in Mic’s career, not only in her countless support but also documenting his creations and exhibitions on video for the best of 20 years. Mic also presented Pope Benedict a bronze sculpture of St. Francis at the Vatican in 2008. An 11 acre Saint Francis of Assisi sculpture garden for prayer and meditation in Grand Rapids is being built that will forever showcase the collection of 24 bronze sculptures by Mic. Mic continues to create large bronze monuments. His West Michigan bronze statues include a seven foot “Madonna of the Streets” located in the Garden of Life on Bridge Street, “Christ at the Pillar’” a seven foot bronze at Holy Redeemer in Jenison, “Living Cross”, a 13 foot bronze cross at Cascade Christian Church in Ada, Officer Robert Kozminski bronze located at Richmond Park. Early 2018, Mic unveiled his largest monument in front of the Basilica of St. Adalbert of “Jesus and the Children.”



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Michigan Fallen Soldier Memorial

The making and installing of Sculptor Mic Carlson’s Michigan Fallen Soldier Memorial Life Size Statues for ArtPrize 2011.  This piece was at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum during ArtPrize.

Author:  Susan Evangelista

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Michigan Fallen Soldier Memorial..ArtPrize 2011

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Mic Carlson’s Artprize 2009

For those of you who don’t know what Artprize is, let me explain.  Last year was the first ever international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibition was from September 23 to October 10, 2009.  Artists from all over the United States and even Europe competed for the first prize of $250,000, combined with other prizes cummulatively amounting to half a million dollars. There were no jurors last year but voting was as they say “American Idol” style…cast by YOU the people who visited the exhibit.

Last year I was in the top 25 artists out of a total of 1262.  I later found out that I was a few votes away from being in the top ten!  This just etches in deep the fact that YOUR VOTE counts!

Here is a video of the making of of my 2009 Arprize statue……

Please see my “About” page listed above on long photo.

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Susan Evangelista, Author

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Hello world!

My name is Mic Carlson.  I am an international sculptor/artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Recently I had the great honor to meet with the Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican and present him with one of my bronze statues of St. Francis of Assisi.  Needless to say that was a true highlight to my career as an artist.  Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi, Italy is to the left of Pope Benedict XVI.

I am on a journey with St. Francis of Assisi and through my artwork I hope to bring the joy and love of this beloved man to those who follow. These blogs will be about my St. Francis entry in  Artprize 2010.  I will keep you updated as I create.  Thanks for visiting!

Pace e bene.


Please see my “About” page listed above on long photo.

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My Painting for Susan

Susan Evangelista, Author

As seen through the eyes of Mic

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