63 artists exhibited at the 2018 Austin ArtWorks Festival from 8 states. All artists were invited after completing an extensive jury process.
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Featured Artist Michael Sweere
Michael Sweere works in tile mosaic, recycled materials mosaic, paper mosaic and wood sculpture incorporating found objects.
Sweere was born in Owatonna, Minnesota and earned a degree in Commercial and Technical Art from Mankato Tech Institute. In 1985 he relocated to the Twin Cities and spent the next twenty years employed as an art director, illustrator and graphic designer for numerous advertising agencies.
In 2005, he retired from the commercial field to pursue fine arts and formed the Michael Sweere Mosaic Company, LLC. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife Carole and their dog, Ladybug.
Working with primarily recycled and salvaged materials, his commissioned artwork installations can be seen at airports, educational facilities and health care institutions throughout the United States.
Some of Sweere’s recent honors include:
Commissioned to create the 2016 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Poster. His creation, “Lucky the Lama” went on to win the first place award at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) communication contest.
Installed a commissioned tin mural, “Between Clouds,” at Sioux Falls Regional Airport in South Dakota in February 2017.
Wood sculpture, “Cinnamon the Robot” received the Excellence in 3D Award at Artistry's 41st Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibition in November 2017. Artistry is a Bloomington-based non profit arts organization.
Installed a commissioned mosaic, “The Gift” at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater to honor the memory of a longtime surgeon, Dr. Robert Meisterling, in December 2017.
Recycled tin mosaic “Wingsuit” wins Merit Award at Bloomington Arts Center's Annual Juried Art Show in 2016.