Michael Enn Sirvet
|Michael Enn Sirvet|
May 9, 1967 |
University of Maryland, College Park
|Awards||Award of Distinction for Metal, James Renwick Alliance, 2009.|
Michael Enn Sirvet (born 1967) is an American sculptor, designer, and structural engineer. He acquired skills and exposure to traditional sculpture techniques while studying undergraduate art history as a minor at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY and while studying for his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, at University of Maryland, College Park, by pursuing a minor in Studio Arts.
Largely self-taught, in his early career as an artist while maintaining full-time employ as a structural engineer as a member of Land Sculpture Studio in Beltsville, Maryland, Sirvet worked principally at making abstract, contemporary minimalist constructions using recycled metals and wood. His first shows at Washington D.C.'s Artomatic introduced him to the larger contemporary arts community in that metropolitan area. His work, a bowl called "Millennia", was awarded Award of Distinction for Metal by the James Renwick Alliance, a program of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Sirvet's mid-career can be said to have started its period of flourishment when he left full-time work in 2008 to concentrate on fine art sculpture and functional design. Having experimented with new forms in the early 2000s, Sirvet still works by hand but also has pioneered use of new industrial technology for his art, using skills earned in the engineering field to create solid forms out of structural aluminum, architectural plastics, and wood, which are sometimes combined in modular components. Sirvet has garnered several public art installations, including: two commissions for the United States' Art in Embassies Program for the United States Embassy in Valletta, Malta and the United States Consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the District of Columbia's Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority MetroArts Art in Transit program.
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