Michael Grothusen; medium closeup of a man wearing a denim shirt and a blue jacket

The overarching goal is to make work that appeals to both emotion and thought. To get the viewer to think and to feel is a lofty goal.

Michael Grothusen is an associate professor in the College of Art, Media and Design at the University of the Arts. He is a mixed-media sculptor and installation artist who has created site-specific works for numerous venues including the Philadelphia International Airport, Michener Art Museum, Abington Art Center, Crane Arts Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, Drexel University, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Gallery Joe and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Michael is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including three Individual Artists Fellowships from the Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 1998, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship for sculpture. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas in 1988 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1991.

His current studio projects include a commission for a permanent public sculpture from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia and a kinetic piece that incorporates a solid bronze sphere that has been fabricated to correspond with the exact weight of his body.

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Lovers, by Weight, from Memory
Michael Grothusen
Lovers, by weight from memory, cast iron and MDF. Each of these cast iron weights corresponds to the weight of an ex-lover. The weight was determined from memory. The size of each casting is calibrated to correspond with each ex-lover. 12”x48”x48”