Michael Dunbar

Michael Dunbar

b. 1947

Michael Dunbar was born in 1947 in Santa Paula, California.  At the age of four he moved with his family to Springfield, Illinois. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Illinois, Springfield, and an MS degree from Illinois State University. Over the years he has studied Community Arts Management, commercial art and cartooning. However, he is known for his sculptures. Dunbar has been the subject of a monograph and a feature length documentary film, in addition to being commissioned for many major works that are installed at universities, corporate headquarters, and sculpture parks throughout the country. Dunbar co-founded the Pier Walk at Navy Pier in Chicago, which allows artists the opportunity to exhibit their works in a major public space, and is the world’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. Michael Dunbar also holds tenure as the coordinator of the Art in Architecture Program for the State of Illinois, where he has created and maintained the multi-million dollar public art program. Michael Dunbar’s works manifest a combination of mathematical relationships with mechanical exactness. He is particular in his creative process and precise in execution, therefore allowing his meticulous design to exhibit a mechanical resonance that has an effect beyond the viewer’s immediate reaction. Although his works are carefully calibrated, the artist noes not eliminate imagination, animation or aesthetics, rather Dunbar incorporates them in his industrial bent.

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