Colorful and Whimsical Ceramic Works by Artist Iggy Sumnik Featured at Farmington Hills City Hall Exhibit
The Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall is currently featuring the works of artist Iggy Sumnik in a one-man show titled “Natural Abstractions” running through June 8. Located at 31555 W. Eleven Mile Road, the City Hall Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through the exhibit and also to meet Iggy Sumnik in person at an Artist Talk at City Hall on Tuesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sumnik’s visual style is both spontaneous and technical. The exhibit includes sharks, birds, traffic cones, and red Solo Cups. "My focus is to provoke thought about our surrounding world and our effect on our environment,” said Sumnik. “My ceramics use vibrant color, pattern, and whimsy often with an underlying content or message.”
Sumnik received his BFA with a dual concentration in Ceramics and Sculpture from Wayne State University in 2004. He has developed art programs at a variety of educational facilities including Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery, Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Provincial Park, and Youthville Detroit.
Sumnik worked under sculptor Jun Kaneko for three years in Omaha, Nebraska, where he then maintained his own studio. He now lives in Detroit, where he creates commissioned pieces for private collectors. The artist is also represented by Modern Arts Midtown in Omaha, Nebraska, where representatives said that many feel his work shares a similar visual aesthetic to that of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss.
Sumnik is part of the City's Public Art Program, which features work the work of 74 talented artists from Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities. The artwork is on loan and displayed at City Hall throughout 2018. Works include a variety of media including clay, metal, fiber, paint, glass, and photography.
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