Nicholas Burke, American

Nicholas Lowell Burke has produced fine art bronzes since his sculpture apprenticeship in Florence, Italy in 1980.

Burke's sculpture includes figurative and abstract works in large and small scale, portrait bust commissions, liturgical sculpture, and limited edition corporate gift and recognition awards.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SCULPTOR: Tucson, AZ

CHIEF SCULPTURAL TECHNICIAN: In charge of assembly/welding of "Mormon Battalion" bronze by sculptor Clyde "Ross" Morgan, Tucson, AZ 1996

CHIEF SCULPTURAL TECHNICIAN: Fine art foundry expert in all phases of production of bronze sculpture, including enlarging and welding of monumental scale bronzes. Desert Crucible, Inc. Tucson, AZ 1983-1989

ASSISTANT TO LUIS JIMENEZ: professor of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1985

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT TO PAUL T. GRANLUND: Sculptural assistant to resident artist of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in the production of large and small scale bronze sculpture. 1980-1983

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Magna cum Laude, St. Mary's College of Minnesota 1980

APPRENTICESHIP

Jerome L. Cox, F.S.C., Florence, Italy 1980 Intensive study of sculpture with emphasis on art of lost wax casting. Extensive research of museums of Rome and Florence. FR. JOSEPH M. BAKER - Caridad de Porres, Tucson, AZ 2007
Life size bronze portrait bust.

ICRW - International Center for Research on Women Award, Washington, DC
14'' cast bronze. 2007

RILLITO CROSSING MARKETPLACE SCULPTURE – Rillito Crossing Plaza, Tucson, AZ. Work in progress.

ST. JOHN BAPTISTE DE LA SALLE – St. Mary’s Press, Winona, MN 2006
5 ft. x 5 ft. cast fiberglass and bronze bas-relief.

FIESTA BOWL NATIONAL BAND CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND MASTER TROPHY – Commissioned by Fiesta Bowl for the National High School marching band competition, Phoenix 2006. Cast bronze.

GENENTECH – Marketing Excellence Award, Genentech, Inc., San Francisco, CA 2005, 2006, 2007.
Nickel plated bronze.

ST. ANDREW’S CROSS – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tucson, AZ 2006
Mesquite wood, bronze, acrylic.

EPES RANDOLPH - Randolph Park, Colonia Solana neighborhood, Tucson, AZ. 2006. One and 3/4 life size bronze bust.

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART – Northwest Hospital in Oro Valley, AZ 2004.
Life size bronze, 6 ft. tall.

CRUCIFIX AND TABERNACLE-Benedictine Monastery, AZ 2003. One half life size cast bronze.

FR. THOMAS MILLANE - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2003.
Work in progress.

MATUSIAK DAUGHTERS – Private collection. Tucson, 2003. Two life size bronze portrait busts.

STONE AVENUE CARTOUCHE – Commissioned by City of Tucson, 2002. Two cast fiber glass relief sculptures.

THE MAGIC CARPET - Children's Memorial Park, Tucson, AZ 2002 Life size cast bronze.

EDWARD KEONJIAN - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2002 Life size cast bronze.

JOHN B. GREENWAY - Arizona Inn, Tucson, AZ 2002 Bronze relief.

INSIGHT BOWL OFFICIAL TROPHY - Tucson, Commissions 1999, 2000, 2001; Phoenix 2002 Cast bronze.

ARIZONA RISING - The Arizona Sports Awards trophy commissioned by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in honor of the professional sports teams in AZ. 1999, 2000 Cast bronze.

CRUCIFIED CHRIST FIGURE - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tucson, AZ 2000 Three quarter life size cast fiberglass.

HIPPOPOTAMUS MOTHER AND CHILD - Cherry wood carving commissioned by Andre Agassi.1999

BRIGADIER GENERAL KURTH MEMORIAL - Air National Guard, Tucson, AZ 1998 Cast bronze.

RISEN CHRIST - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tucson, AZ 1997 One and one quarter life size cast fiberglass.

BEGINNER'S LUCK? - Randolf Golf Course, Tucson, AZ 1997 Life size cast bronze.

AMTRAK MEMORIAL - Union Station, Washington, D.C. 1996 Bronze relief.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tucson, AZ 1995 Bronze, hydrocal, mesquite wood, and stained glass.

"VINE OF LIFE" CHRIST FIGURE - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tucson, AZ 1995 Cast bronze.

LION GARGOYLE - Private residence, San Diego, CA 1994 Cast concrete.

MAJOR FIORELLI MEMORIAL - Air National Guard, Tucson, AZ 1994 Cast bronze.

GRECO-ROMAN RELIEF - Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong 1994 Cast fiber glass reinforced concrete.

CEREMONIAL MACE - St. Mary's University of Minnesota 1994 Cast bronze. LEW MURPHY - Tucson's former mayor. Reed Park, Tucson, AZ 1988 Twice life size cast bronze bust.

ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAM - Erasmus of Rotterdam council, Washington, D.C. 1986 Two bronze castings for placement in the Folger Shakespeare Library and Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, D.C.

EDMUND HALLEY - Flandrau Planetarium, Tucson, AZ 1985 Cast bronze.

CORPORATE AWARD DESIGNS

WINDSHIELD AMERICA - Windshields America National Award, 1994
CRAFTSMAN LEAGUE CADILLAC - 1989
FUTURE AWARD, DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY - 1988-1989
OLDSMOBILE ELITE AWARD, GENERAL MOTORS - 1986
CIRCLE OF PROTECTION, STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY - 1985

EXHIBITIONS

DC/HARRIS GALLERY - Tucson, AZ 2000 - present
SCOTCH MIST GALLERY - Tucson, AZ 1998 - 2002
TURQUOISE DOOR GALLERY - Tucson, AZ 1995 - present
VENTURE FINE ARTS GALLERY - Tucson, AZ 1994 - 2002
DESIGNER SHOWCASE - Tucson, AZ 1998, 1997
ELEANOR JACK GALLERIES - Tucson, AZ 1986
GREAT WESTERN BANK BUILDING STONE OFFICE - Tucson, AZ 1986
CANYON RANCH SHOWCASE - Tucson, AZ 1984, 1985

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