December 18, 2018

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Marian Owczarski (1932-2010) was a sculptor born in Lukow, Poland. He worked with a variety of materials, including wood, glass, stone, plaster, marble, and metals, especially steel. Owczarski stated that steel was his medium of choice because “steel represented the future”. He earned a graduate degree in sculpture from Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1961.

His experiences with the effects of World War II were major inspirations for his affinity for steel and sculpture. For example, his hometown was strongly targeted by Nazi Germany and, during his education,  he helped restore Polish Churches that were damaged during the war. He stated, “the melt temperature of stainless steel is nearly 5000 degrees. Stainless will be around after a nuclear holocaust.”

Owczarski periodically traveled to the United States for sculpting projects and exhibitions. In 1970 he was invited to serve as an artist-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Mi. He accepted the offer and worked at the Galleria for nearly 40 years. His sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Marian Owczarski (1932-2010) served as Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s Galleria in Orchard Lake, MI for almost 40 years. Owczarski explained that stainless steel was his chosen medium because “steel represented the future. Plus, the melt temperature of stainless steel is nearly 5000 degrees. Stainless will be around after a nuclear holocaust.” Born in Poland, he was the only living member of his family after World War II. He began sculpting in 1945 and emigrated to the US in 1970. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and reflect heavily on his experiences as a survivor of war and trauma

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