College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
Professor of Art
Michael Warrick, a professor in the Department of Art, has been an artist and educator for 30 years. His work has resulted in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions and has been represented in 29 private collections and 34 public venues.
On top of his extensive body of work, he has had an impact on both a local and national level. Professor Warrick was recently awarded two high profile commissions in national sculpture competitions, resulting in collaborative sculpture projects to be installed in highly visible Little Rock locations. One of these, the “Mocking Bird Tree” commission, is sponsored by the Sculpture at The River Market Foundation. This $60,000 commission will be installed at the northwest corner of Chenal Parkway and Chenal Valley Drive in west Little Rock in April 2016. The other, the “Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial,” was awarded by the Louisiana Purchase Survey Bicentennial Monument Committee. This $190,000 commission will be located at the intersection of Markham and Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Professor Warrick’s design, chosen from over 30 entries, has an anticipated completion date of August 2016. Another upcoming project, “The Lanterns,” will be in the Kingwood, Heights, and Cammack Village neighborhoods. It is a traffic roundabout and has a $75,000 sculpture budget with a total intersection budget of $700,000. The project is currently in the fundraising phase.
Professor Michael Warrick has a B.S. in Ceramics from Illinois State University and M.F.A.s in both Sculpture and Ceramics from Southern Illinois University.