NATCHITOCHES – The Alexandria Museum of Art acquired two sculptures by Michael Yankowski, a professor of art at Northwestern State University, for its permanent collection.
After reviewing several artists, one piece by New Orleans Artist Kieth Perelli and one by Yankowski, were selected by the museum’s Collectors Circle. A second sculpture by Yankowski was purchased by anonymous donor.
“The museum selected these artists because of their incredible command of medium and thought provoking subject matter,” said Museum Director Catherine Pierce. “We feel that the quality of work produced by these two artists will ensure their place in Louisiana art history as well as their importance to art education.”
Yankowski has been a professor of art at Northwestern State for 29 years and was selected for an endowment by Louisiana Endowment for the Arts in 2000. He is a member of the Louisiana Artists Registry and is represented by Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans. His sculptures have been shown in numerous state, regional and national exhibitions and are in many private collections.
The first work by Yankowski is “Providence”, an 8”x8”x8” oak and mixed media construction which deals with life and death and our own tenuous situation. A steel arrowhead is suspended above three eggs and three wishbones. The sculpture has target sites focused on the arrowhead, a symbol of impending death which haunts us all.
The second work is entitled “Icarus Icthus” and depicts a flying fish suspended by mechanical wings. Constructed of bass wood, oak and mahogany, it invokes the Greek character Icarus who attempted to reach the sun using wax and feather wings. The wax melted resulting in doom. The flying fish already has the ability to leave its ocean home under its own power, yet strives for more. The sculpture is a personal view of man’s use of technology in hopes of reaching the heavens when he already holds the power in his own soul, Yankowski explained.
“I am excited and humbled by the museum’s recognition of my art and its desire to hold my efforts in such esteem,” Yankowski said. “I am particularly pleased by the vote of confidence and support of the anonymous donor. Private collections are good, but museum collections are great.”
His work can be viewed at MichaelYankowski.com.
The Alexandria Museum of Art will have an exhibition of acquisitions since 2011 entitled “Treasured Gifts: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection” which opens March 4 and ends May 21.