ARTIST STATEMENT

"My aesthetic is rooted in craftsmanship while being informed by the sublime nature of minimal forms and the layering of history and ideas."  Known for sculptures made of materials such as stone, metal and wood, Terrence Karpowicz creates most of his work by hand.  His commitment to manual construction can be traced back to the 1970s when he spent a year in England serving as an apprentice to Britain's last active millwright.  This experience introduced Karpowicz to traditional carpentry methods which have continued to inform his work.  He is especially drawn to the interactions of wind, water, sunlight and gravity on natural materials.  His work is defined by the tension at the point of contact, or joint, and the act of creating this tension.  By joining irregular, organic materials (such as wood limbs and granite shards) to machine tooled geometric shapes of steel, Karpowicz creates sculpture with actual or implied kinetic relationships among the elements and between the sculpture and its environment.


SELECTED AWARDS

1974: Frank Logan Medal and Prize  
1975: Fulbright Hays Scholarship  
1980 and 1982: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships  
2010: Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Arts Achievement  
2010: Propeller Fund; finalist  
2007 Wynn Newhouse Award for Artists of Excellence; finalist     Education  
1970: BFA Albion College, Albion, MI  
1975: MFA University of Illinois, Champaign