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.”



About miccarlson

I am an International Sculptor/Artist born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My journey has brought so many wonderful blessings in my life. I will continue to be thankful as I create my bronze sculptures for many to enjoy. Here is a video of a few of my life size statues in the making.
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