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John Sauve

Detroit, MI

"Building Communities through Public Art."

John Sauve is known for his large-scale public sculptures located in numerous public and private collections. In addition to making large scale sculpture, John is a strong supporter of art education in the communities that he exhibits his artwork.

John Sauvé served as Executive Assistant to the founding Director of the Michigan Council for Arts, E. Ray Scott, with responsibility for the Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places. Sauvé prompted the creation of the Brighton Mayor’s Commission on Art in Public Places in Brighton, MIchigan, and served as its chairperson. Under Sauvé’s guidance, the Commission developed the Brighton Biennial Sculpture Exhibit, which installed 28 pieces of large-scale public art in the City of Brighton.

As a result of the Brighton Biennial, Sauvé was asked to curate the City of Birmingham Cityscapes Sculpture Exhibit in which he included the works of Artists Mark di Suvero and Dennis Oppenheim into the show. John Sauvé conceived the development of the Green Oak Village Place Sculpture Park, a new outdoor life-style shopping center in Green Oak, Michigan. In 2008 the American Institute of Architects recognized his Design of the Green Oak Village Place Sculpture Park with the Merit Award.

Sauvé served as curator of the Blue Water International Sculpture Exhibit between Canada and the United States. Sauvé is presently overseeing the sculpture installation in the Stone Ridge Sculpture Park just outside Manhattan in Upstate New York, the Lyon Sculpture Park in New Hudson and the Detroit Riverfront Sculpture Park.
In 2010 Sauvé’s artwork was commissioned by the Marc Ecko Foundation to be the first public sculpture exhibit installed on New York City’s Highline. As part of the 2011 Art Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Sauvé’s sculpture was located in front of the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago.

He was recently honored with installing the first sculpture on the Detroit Riverfront in over 20 years. John has served arts and cultural organizations, including the Birmingham Public Art Board, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places, and Concerned Citizans for the Arts.

John Sauvé holds a Master of Arts Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor in Marketing and Art History also from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. John has been making sculptures for over thirty years out of his studio in Brighton, Michigan. In addition to making large scale sculpture, John enjoys doing smaller scale work for gallery exhibitions. He has numerous group exhibitions and many awards to his credit.
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