Michael Pavlovsky - DFW Local Sculptor - Bronze Sculptures
For Michael Pavlovsky, the quest to create sculpture is clear: “Artists have an innate need to express and to create. We are fortunate when life allows us to pursue this calling. Sculpture is a lifelong passion for me. I would not want to do anything else. It is the most compelling and beautiful form of artistic expression .”
Born in Dover, Delaware, in 1957, Michael began this lifelong pursuit as a student of painting and sculpture under Patrick Carter in 1972. Having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A & M University in 1982, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1990.
Michael’s work has been included in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. His most notable work was a commission to create a sculpture to serve as the central metaphor for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Movement to Overcome was in place for the opening of that museum in 1991, constructed on the site of the Lorraine Motel, site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
In 1993, Michael was commissioned by the City of Dallas to create a site-specific sculpture for the Middle Five-Mile Creek Art Project for which he received an Urban Design Award from the City of Dallas Urban Design Committee. 1995 brought a commission from the American Republic Insurance Company to create a bronze column for their Art Park, commemorating the company’s commitment to civil rights. This commission, Column of Change, now resides within the Principal Riverwalk in Des Moines. In 1999, he was commissioned by the City of Grapevine, Texas, to create a veterans memorial, consisting of two large bronze sculptures. Situated on the grounds of the historic Grapevine train depot, Coming Home and its companion Military Arch--comprised of meaningful historic imagery and text--was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2000.
In 2001, the artist completed a commission for the Hall Financial Group in Frisco, Texas, three large bronze wall panels entitled Perseverance and Compassion, as well as bronze representations of the 14 Stations of the Cross commissioned by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas. Further, in June of that year, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden unveiled a large bronze by Michael, Birth of Love, commissioned by the Fort Worth Garden Club.
In the spring of 2002, a monumental bronze likeness of Julius Schepps, a memorial commissioned by the City of Dallas and the Schepps family, was unveiled in downtown Dallas in the Julius Schepps Memorial Park. The fall of 2003 saw the dedication in Denver of Michael’s Lehadlik ner, a life-size bronze representation of a woman performing the candle blessing at the Sabbath hour. This work was commissioned by the Hebrew Educational Alliance of Denver, Colorado.
2007 brought a commission for a bronze sculpture, Hope Renewed, which stands in the courtyard of Samaritan House in Fort Worth, and in 2008, Michael completed a fountain commission (Living Water) for University Christian Church (a life-size bronze Christ figure) which is in their courtyard.
In the spring of 2009, Michael created Promise Fulfilled, a life-size bronze figure of a young girl, which was placed in front of the downtown Fort Worth YWCA. And in July 2009, a large 3-piece bronze sculpture Three Muses of Frisco commissioned by the City of Frisco was installed in front of their City Hall.
Michael is currently at work on several projects in his Fort Worth studio, including a Fort Worth Public Art commission for C.P. Hadley Park in Fort Worth, Prairie Wind, which is in the early stages of development and scheduled for installation in 2010, as well as an additional commission for the City of Fort Worth to design permanent metal light pole banners and crosswalk designs for the Near Eastside Urban Village project, also slated for completion in 2010.