Michael Metcalf, Sculptor
Professor of Sculpture & Art, MFA // BFA Advisor
Chair of Expressive Arts Department
Michael Metcalf 's attraction to smooth, fair curves began with the several boats he built before attending Skidmore College. There he focused his technical skills and aesthetics toward creating sculpture, and received a B.S. in Fine Arts. He studied sculpture and architectural structures at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. He has been an artist in residence at the Gutman Center in New Hope, PA and the Delfina Studio Trust in London, England. In the summer of 2010 he expanded his cultural awareness while teaching sculpture in Xi'an China. Metcalf's work appears in collections throughout the United States and in Europe. He creates his unique sculptures, using bronze, wood, stone, and stainless steel. While the configurations and materials may be diverse, they all sustain his sense of form, which implies graceful force, but still maintains calculated stability.
Since 1995 Metcalf has been teaching sculpture at Western New Mexico University and creating sculpture in Silver City, New Mexico. While much of his laminated wood and bronze work relates to smooth fair curves, he also pursues technical innovations, and unique processes for creating his graceful forms - his current spline and stone sculptures use his patented process. Metcalf's sculptures reveal investigation into form with both organic and geometric surface transitions. All of these works explore the relationship between curves and how a combination of simple curves creates a complex form, which evokes tension, movement, and beauty. The New Mexico environment has had a powerful impact on his work, as he now blends parts of the New Mexican landscape with his graceful style.
In 2007 he completed two nearly thirty-foot tall sculptures located on Louisiana Avenue on each side of I-40 for the City of Albuquerque. The Positive Energy of New Mexico was an ambitious two year project which further reveals Metcalf's exploration with man-made vs. organic materials in an environment where one can contrast the Sandia Mountains with the Albuquerque skyline while viewing the work which represent earth, civilization, spirit and beyond. His latest work Speculation seems to defy gravity by suspending two granite boulders from a central crescent stainless steel spire in a site overlooking the Rio Grande in Las Cruces, New Mexico.