Mike Curtis is well known for creating beautiful
and inspiring wildlife sculptures in bronze. He has been sculpting
the bald eagle since 1971 and is considered the foremost sculptor
of this magnificent creature. His artistic and accurate renditions
of the bald eagle are widely recognized as those best capturing
the beauty and freedom of our nation's proud symbol. Throughout
the year, Bald Eagles dive in the lake after fish and perch in
the trees near his studio. Studying eagles in the wild, Curtis
observes their courtship rituals, nesting habits, and drawing
their catches from the waters of the lakes and rivers. His commanding
portrayals of the powerful and symbolic eagle remain unequaled.
Mike Curtis and Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
Above right: Mike Curtis prepares an Eagle Monument for installation.
To commemorate the sacrifices made by the sons and
daughters of Greene County, Iowa, Curtis was commissioned to provide
a sculpture for a special memorial honoring all of Greene County's
fallen soldiers. The memorial was presented to the citizens on
behalf of the family of Lance Corporal Benjamin Robert Carman,
lost in Iraq. The American Eagle sculpture "Flight"
was selected as the centerpiece of the memorial. Each side of
the granite pedestal, on which the sculpture is mounted, has a
century 1800's, 1900's and 2000, with the number of Greene County
service men and women that have paid the ultimate price of freedom
in the course of freedoms fight. The memorial has been placed
in the County's Courthouse.
Curtis was commissioned to sculpt five life-size eagles for the All Veterans Memorial Park in New Mexico, situated along the banks of the Animas River. The memorial recognizes the contributions of all American Veterans - past, present, and future.
In addition to Georgia, Iowa, and New Mexico, Curtis
has been commissioned to create bronze sculptures for Veterans
Memorials in California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Texas,
Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania,
New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Mike Curtis was the artist selected to design and
sculpt the "Culver
Centennial Eagle" for the Culver Military Academies in
Indiana. The inspiring monumental-size sculpture, depicting a
bald eagle with a fifteen-foot wingspan, was dedicated on the
one-hundredth year anniversary celebration of this historic institution.
Proudly displayed at the University of South Carolina, in the center of the Gameday lobby, is the realistic and symbolic "Fighting Gamecock" bronze sculpture by Mike Curtis. Establishing a new and honorable tradition at the university, each of the football players touch the Fighting Gamecock sculpture on their way to the stadium as a symbol of unity and commitment.
The University of Texas commissioned Mike Curtis to create a monumental size eagle sculpture for the UT Tyler campus. The impressive sculpture was installed in the spring of 2017, directly in front of the new Alumni building on the campus of the University.
St. Marys Health Care System commissioned Touchdown by Mike Curtis, completed with a realistic looking white head and tail, for installation at the entrance to St. Marys Hospital in Athens, Georgia. Dedicated in honor of Military Veterans, the sculpture was installed in 2017.
Numerous corporations and individuals have selected Curtis sculptures for their own collections, as well as for their most important and memorable presentations. Several private resorts have commissioned Mike Curtis sculptures as well. One of which is a life-size Red Tail Hawk sculpture which was installed in 2005 at the site of the beautiful new Heathrow Country Estates RedTail Golf Club, Heathrow, Florida. Listed among the many well-recognized collectors of his work is Astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to step foot on the moon's surface and the commander of the Apollo 17 mission and the Lunar Landing Module Challenger. Captain Cernan has acquired, for his own collection, number 17 of the majestic American Bald Eagle sculpture "Narrow Escape".
Astronaut Eugene Cernan at home, with his “Narrow Escape” by Mike Curtis. In his hands Captain Cernan is holding the badly burned helmet from his 1971 helicopter crash, which occurred while he was training, practicing moon landings.
Mike Curtis has fond memories of his childhood, growing up on
the California coast and in the rugged mountains of Colorado.
Born in Los Angeles, his family later moved to a small rustic
log cabin on eighty acres in the Colorado wilderness. His days
were spent exploring, fascinated by the variety of wildlife that
inhabited the remote area. It was here that his love of nature
and connection to his subjects began. Returning to California
as a young boy, he discovered an appreciation for the beautiful
California coastline and the sea life that inhabited the ocean
waters. Shortly after serving his country in the United States
Army, Mike and his wife Marlene moved to the Pacific Northwest
where they raised their son Jason and daughter Elaine. A tree-covered
mountainside in Northern Idaho, overlooking Lake Pend Oreille,
is now the location for the home and studio of this renowned sculptor.
The scenic area is a gathering spot for bald eagles and abundant
with wildlife, a perfect environment for an artist who is a master
sculptor of wildlife subjects.
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