The Dennos Museum Center

Outdoor Sculptures

The arts come alive inside and out at Northwestern Michigan College, thanks to the development of a major collection of outdoor sculptures. These unique, thought-provoking sculptures are located in the immediate Dennos Museum Center area as well as throughout the college’s campuses.

Primarily focused on works by noted Michigan sculptors, the collection also includes works by artists of international stature. Learn more about these gifted artists and their outdoor works by clicking on the links below. Maps of these sculptures are here.

Spirit Form
Michael Torre has created a lasting, site-integrated design that follows the form of a traditional sculpture. More »

Imagery for this work by Bob Purvis is derived from the internal forms of helicopter blades and wings of flight. More »

Élan Muse
Marcia Wood's 10-foot sculpture, Élan Muse, intends to serve as a symbol celebrating the creative spirit. More »

Hanna Stiebel desires that her sculptures relate to the environment, to the architecture and the people around it. More »

Functional Reference #1
With Functional Reference #1, Lois Teicher continues her exploration of the connecting link in a visual dialogue about tension and resolution in abstract forms. More »

Clement Meadmore's repeated and characteristic use of geometric but fluid shapes reflects his training as an aeronautical engineer.  More »

Joseph Wesner cast and welded metal sculptures that are strong, muscular, romantic and poetic. More »

Sally Rogers said her sculpture on NMC’s main campus is “a visual metaphor for the action of connecting or combining the various disciplines of the academic world, to achieve an integrated approach to education.” More »

Ruby's Arch
Susanna Linburg's Ruby's Arch is part of a series originating from a classical source: Selinunte, which was a Greek colony on Sicily's southern coast. More »

Structurist Sculpture
Artist David Barr says he created Structurist Sculpture #5 by "flinging color and form into space and, paradoxically, ordering it according to nature's structural intimacies." More »

David Barr feels that art transcends and connects people, instead of dividing them. More »

For more than 30 years, Michael Hall has been creating his distinctive visualization of sculpture in which fundamentals of Midwestern architecture are embraced in a dialogue with the modernist traditions of constructivism and minimalism. More »

What You Can Do
What You Can Do by Bob Emser was created and dedicated in honor of volunteers who have served and will serve Northwestern Michigan College. More »

It Begins Within

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