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Arts in Milwaukee

A Public Service Of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

  • “Wind Whisperer IV”Wind Whisperer IV

    This 10' H stainless steel sculpture is located at Nexus in Sedona, AZ

  • “Power of Three I”Power of Three I

    This 10' x 4' x 4' stainless steel sculpture is placed at a Private Residence in Boca Raton, FL

  • “Burning Bush”Burning Bush

    36" x 22" x 21" bronze/stainless steel

  • “Spatial Harmony 1”Spatial Harmony 1

    8'1" x 2' x 2.4' stainless steel

Bruce A. Niemi

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artist bio

Bruce A. Niemi is a second-generation sculptor, having been trained under his father Frank Niemi, (a self taught abstract sculptor and ornamental iron artist.) In 1968, at age 12 he taught Bruce how to weld and his love for sculpture began. Receiving a wrestling scholarship from Northern Illinois University in 1974, he actively pursued his two loves, sculpture and wrestling. He then graduated in 1981 with a BFA in sculpture.
Bruce then began doing juried fine art shows, juried competitions, seeking gallery representation, and marketing the “Cool View” welding helmet an invention of his father’s. In 1984, he met his wife Suzi while out dancing (one of his passions). Through his faith in God and the support of Suzi, he shifted gears, focused solely on his art, and went full time as a sculptor in 1987.
Bruce’s first public commission came in 1989 a 12’ by 6’ by 8” wall sculpture for the Village of Vernon Hills, Illinois. Since that time, he has completed 54 public sculptures throughout the country. The most notable “The Eternal Flame War Memorial”, commission by the D.A.V. to honor veterans of all wars and conflicts, located in Worth, Illinois.
In April of 2007, Bruce was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award in the College of Visual and Performing Arts from Northern Illinois University. In 2009, he installed “Remembered” a 17’ 7” stainless steel memorial for the students that were slain on the campus of Northern Illinois University February 14, 2008. One of the hardest commissions of his life.
Bruce’s purpose is to stimulate the mind of the viewer as well as creating a unique sculpture that complements and has harmony with the environment that it shares. The fluidity of such a hard surface is a signature component in his one of a kind designs. Stainless steel and silicon bronze are his primary materials. Craftsmanship, structural strength, and public safety are also key elements in his work.
His love for sculpture is evident in the way the finished results dance.

artist statement

I love creating sculpture! It is my passion and I put my heart and soul into each piece I create.
My purpose is to stimulate the mind of the viewer as well as creating a sculpture that complements and has harmony with the environment that it shares. Stainless steel and silicon bronze are my primary materials. Craftsmanship, structural strength, and public safety are also key elements in my work.

My love for sculpture is evident in the way the finished results dance.

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