Director of Wickerson Studios
Michael Wickerson promotes sculpture by research through material processes and digital logic. This dynamic research operates on a variety of scales, from algorithmic modeling, computer aided design, technical and gestural drawings, metal fabrication and casting, to full scale architectural buildings made from timber and adobe out in rural Kansas. The complexity of working this way creates an organizational structure that emerges from a physical hands on approach and, in turn, informs and develops the direction any future digital designed based projects may take. Our contemporary society provides an open forum for activating and applying these skills on a multitude of levels, ranging from modeling and programming, art production to physics simulations, and architecture to engineering.
Wickerson’s work experience in the United States, Canada, and Holland includes A. Zahner Company, Metalabs, and the Kansas City Art Institute, where he currently works. In 2000 he graduated with a Master’s degree in Sculpture form the L. L. Oudette Sculpture Studio at York University in Toronto Canada after having previously studied in Art and Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His work has been featured in a series of international galleries and art centers, such as the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, among others. Wickerson has appeared as a guest speaker at the Kinetic Sculpture Symposium at the Nerman Museum and the Guild It program at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. He hosted the Iron Pour at Wickerson Studio for the 2017 International Sculpture Conference in Kansas and has been invited to lead casting workshops and lectures at the Life Nourishing Arts Center in Toronto Ontario for International Sculpture Day each year.
Wickerson has most recently been invited to travel to Holland and Poland to collaborate with Naked Architecture and JR Imageworks in order to continue the production of a series of digital analogue prints that began in 2013 at Wickerson Studios entitled, “Fire Over Kansas”. This ongoing international project has crossed the Atlantic Ocean several times in many different forms and has explored the work of a collection of internationally recognized artists and designers. The project continues and final prints have already been exhibited in The Netherlands, Krakow, New York and Kansas City.
Assistant Research on Digital Sculpture
Joseph Canizales of Salvadoran and Honduran descent was born in 1998 in Miami, Fl. He currently is a sculpture major at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree. In 2016 he graduated from Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami where he studied Industrial Design for years. During High School he was involved in the Arts for Learning Lewis Arts Studio summer art program as a mentor for elementary and middle school students giving advice and criticism to assist in the development of student’s artwork and organize art activities and field trips to museums. He also was a part of non-profit organization Smile art where he led art and activities for disabled individuals. He is a recipient of the 2018 McKeown Grant where he received $1,000 where he traveled to Utah’s National Parks to study the topography and geology furthering his studio practice. Currently he works at Wickerson Studios as an assistant designer and fabricator, a student leader for KCAI’s foundations department, a student advisor for the KCAI sculpture department and is Technician at David T Beals Studio where he assists and mentors KCAI’s student body with the usage of CAD and CAM processes.