Michael Livingston McAuley
Figurative Bronze Sculptor
Realistic Bronze Figure and Portrait Sculpture
ITALIAN ART SABBATICAL John Angel Atelier, 2007
Concentrated work: figurative drawing/painting
M.F.A. CLAY SCULPTURE University of Cincinnati, 1986
Concentrated work: figurative sculpture/clay/drawing
M.S. INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY Indiana University, 1984
Concentrated work: computer/graphic design/photography/multi-media production
B.S. ART EDUCATION Indiana University, 1979
Concentrated work: clay sculpture/drawing
Michael Livingston McAuley was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. He received the Bachelors of Art Education and Masters of I.S.T. degrees from Indiana University. A second Masters degree was in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati. While in Portland, Oregon he added portrait work from the University of Portland to his body of figurative studies. Beyond this receiving end he has taught various ages art, design, and sculpture at the University of Cincinnati, Belhaven University, and Indiana University.
Among grants Michael has achieved are from the CICF/Efroymson Foundation, the Indiana University Foundation, the Indianapolis Arts Council, the Bloomington Area Arts Council, and the Caesars Foundation. Art awards span from the regional to the national. Under his guidance, Michael’s students have won prestigious awards in both the field of fine art and the field of graphic design. He occasionally writes articles for newspapers, newsletters and art magazines and gives talks in both design and sculpture.
Michael’s degrees and seminar participation has provided him with a range of depth and aesthetic ability which easily transfers to more than one medium. It is this diversity of experiences which brings his sometimes subtle yet signature look to all his work. This look, favoring a graphic or linear quality, can be traced strongly to his early training in the field of graphic design. Though Michael works primarily within the figurative realm, he is always exploring other directions whenever the need arises to further expand and stimulate his art.
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In viewing my art in general, and the figurative work specifically, I desire the viewer both to realize my high level of academic and technical competency while sensing a great concern for subtleties of depth in emotion and spirit. This latter aspect is the hardest to achieve — but the most compelling and satisfying. Working to stir the mind and heart from subdued serenity to moving passion is always elusive but great in reward when captured.
Consequently I believe art should possess the power to tap into a deeper level of appreciation and awareness of the divine; this then moves beyond a technical but visually beautifully rendered object. If life is what we all desire — the kind contributing to our feeling alive and enboldened with purpose, understanding and meaning — then art is indeed a valid endeavor. This is what I search to evoke in every work of art I create.
Art, then, is truly satisfying when it rewards with a compelling reason for it’s existence, and ours.
LIVINGSTON DESIGNS SCULPTURE STUDIO 2000 - Present
Owner/Creative Director <www.livingstonsculpture.com>
Providing figurative sculpture and designwork to individuals and corporations.
VISITING ARTIST (sculpture) Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 2005-2007
Position created for students to discuss while I create a sculpture of composer Hoagy Carmichael
Individual lectures for students and my interaction with them during the creating process was required.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1993 - 1999
Established sculpture program/directed visual communication program
Responsibilities included community interaction, internships, continuance of professional work,
networking and maintenance of computer lab.
ART DIRECTOR (graphics and product design) Dicksons, Ind. Seymour, Indiana 1986 - 1992
Direct and quality control outgoing product design, illustration, 3-D design
Oversee concept through final production and manufacturing of designs
GRADUATE STUDENT/INSTRUCTOR OF CLAY SCULPTURE University of Cincinnati 1984 - 1986
Developed a logical order of coursework for beginning through advanced classes
Maintained work-flow of ceramic studio in kiln, glazing, clay mixing, and studio areas
Initiated a related figurative sculpture class to be brought back into the curriculum
SAGA FOODS University of Cincinnati, 1985 -1986
Design/layout/paste-up artist for Saga food services (campus food service)
Produced notable upscale quality changes in previously existing marketing image
CERAMICS DIRECTOR French Woods Hancock, New York Summer 1984
Directed graphic design/ceramic program in visual/theatrical arts camp
Responsibilities of scheduling and delegation of teaching assignments (staff of three)
ART INSTRUCTOR Indiana University, Bloomington 1978, 1983 -1984
Instructor/evaluator during student tenure for M 135: Art for Non-Majors, a class open to all students