‘Curves’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
“Curves” by Pontiac sculptor Ray Katz, is on the grounds of the Dearborn Historical Museum’s Commandant Quarters, 21950 Michigan Ave.

DEARBORN – Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2013-14 Art in Public Places Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund and the East and West Dearborn downtown development authorities. A different sculpture and sculptor is highlighted each month.

“Curves” by Pontiac sculptor Ray Katz is the August sculpture of the month. The piece, on the grounds of the Dearborn Historical Museum’s Commandant Quarters, 21950 Michigan Ave., is playful but sturdy by nature of the metal from which it is sculpted.

Katz works in many mediums but based on the quantity of major sculptures he has produced, metals are his preference.

“Metal remains my passion,” he said.

Katz has had other work in previous exhibits here. In 2012, his painted steel piece titled “Geometric Construction” was on view at Schaefer Plaza in east Dearborn, and in 2011 “Winter Moon” was situated at City Hall Park on Michigan Avenue.

Katz studied at Eastern Michigan University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Wayne State University. His sculptures have been included in collections throughout Michigan and public exhibitions such as the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was a second place award winner.

Recent purchases for public collections include: “Art in the City,” Mount Vernon, Ill.; the Columbus, Ga., Sculpture Walk, and the Trust for Public Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.

For more information about Katz, go to his website at www.raykatzsculptor.com.

Maps and “I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 2013-14 MSI sculptures are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund website, www.dearborncommunityfund.org.

For more information about the 2013-14 Midwest Sculpture Initiative, including sculpture purchase information, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478.

The DCF is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts toward purchase of a sculpture for permanent public installation are tax deductible.