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Illinois Sculptor Launching Traveling Art Exhibit

31 Pieces to be Displayed in 4 States

Springfield,Illinois (PR MediaRelease) November 21, 2016

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The traveling exhibition titled: Continuum the Art Work of Michael Dunbar in the Sculptural Tradition, captures a diverse artistic reflection of the history of sculpture through the ages.  This exceptional showcase, has 31 distinctive pedestal size sculptures representing a historic overview of sculpture. Included in the exhibit are 17 recent bronze sculptures from Dunbar’s Machinist Studies series that makes a statement about the ‘Continuum’ of contemporary sculpture. This collection enlightens viewers on the vast perspectives and innovations artists contribute to the history and legacy of grand sculpture.

Visually, Dunbar’s sculptures address an ongoing investigation into the aesthetic images of scientific equipment that has been instrumental in the evolution and advancement of civilization.  Anticipating the ever-increasing progression of scientific research that is moving forward at a rapid pace, there also comes a realization the latest high-tech instruments of the moment will soon be obsolete and cast aside in the accelerated development of newer and more sophisticated technological machinery.

With the visual scrutiny of an artist, Dunbar has observed the vast technological developments of the last half of the 20th Century.  As a futurist, he can anticipate the even greater scientific explosion of the next century. With that in mind, he continues to produce grand structures that amalgamate science and art. However, his most recent “Relics from the Future” series creates a reference to the remnants of future instruments as if looking back on those objects one hundred years past.

13 additional sculptures by some of history’s greatest sculptors are included as part of the exhibit to present the connection of timeworn and bygone sculpture.  Included are sculptures by Daniel Chester French, Edgar Degas, Aristide Maillol, Henry Moore, Jacques Lipchitz, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, George Ricky, Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Tony Smith, Ruth Duckworth and Joel Shapiro.

The author, Ann Landi has written the catalogue essay for the publication documenting the exhibition. Landi is a freelance writer and critic, writing frequently for ARTnews, the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, the New York Times, and other publications. In her essay for the catalogue, she states, “Michael Dunbar, for all the wit and dexterity of his Machinist Studies, is a serious sculptor, perhaps one of the last in the line of the Modern that begins with Rodin, extends through Picasso and Gonzalez, and comes up to the present in Mark di Suvero, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Martin Puryear.

The exhibit is currently open at the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.

In January, 2017, the entire Continuum Exhibition will travel to the Snite Museum at Notre Dame for display at their campus from January 15, 2017 through March 15, 2017. A reception and gallery talk is scheduled for February 10th at the museum.

Additional venues are scheduled for locations in Maine and Florida.


In 2013, the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) received a significant gift: a large, abstract bronze sculpture by Midwest-based artist Michael Dunbar from the noted collector, Dr. Terry Travis. The bronze is installed upon a polished concrete pedestal outside of the museum’s north entrance and bears the title Fallen Warrior (for Eduardo). With these few words, the artist dedicated the work to two giants of twentieth-century Western sculpture: British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986)—specifically Moore’s Fallen Warrior of 1956/7—and Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida (19242002). Thus, Michael Dunbar explicitly acknowledges the roots of his style in the work of the great masters, even as many other contemporary sculptors emphasize a self-conscious break from the art of the past.   (Robert G. LaFrance, Ph.D. Director, David Owsley Museum of Art)

About Michael – For almost four decades, Michael Dunbar has worked continuously as a professional sculptor, building monumental, abstract works of art in steel and bronze from his home in Springfield, Illinois.  Learn more at



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