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Mike Salisbury: Artist Talk
MSU Art + Design and Sculpture Walk Springfield (SWS) are proud to host SWS’s first international artist, Mike Salisbury from Ontario, Canada. Salisbury will be in Springfield, April 18-25th installing a site-specific sculpture for the SWS 2022-23 collection. During his time in Springfield, Salisbury will host a workshop for MSU students and give an artist talk that is free and open to the public to attend.

Salisbury’s work combines politics, pop‐art and street art with sculpture installations that engage his audience in the social issues of our time using abandoned payphones as a metaphor for connection and disconnection. His phone box street sculptures invite interaction with the public and other street artists, something Salisbury refers to as "anonymous collaboration". In Springfield, Salisbury will be creating a site-specific sculpture in Jubilee Park North that juxtaposes a living tree within a full‐size metal and glass street corner payphone.

Prior to earning his BLA at the University of Guelph and achieving full OALA licensure, Mike studied at the Toronto School of Art in the late 80’s and founded the Toronto Student Art Gallery located in the Annex neighborhood of Toronto. Following the pandemic, Mike transitioned to full time visual artist. Salisbury has been invited to exhibit at group shows, solo exhibitions, as well as several juried art exhibitions. His sculptures and two‐dimensional artworks are held in private collections. Mike gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.

Apr 25, 2022 05:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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