Niemi Exhibit Opens  at Finlandia

Hancock - December 5, 2009

For the first time in several years the Gallery at Finlandia University is hosting a sculpture exhibit. The exhibit is the latest of the terrific art brought to the Western U.P. By the University.

The exhibit showcases the fantastic work of prominent sculptor Bruce Niemi, an extremely accomplished artist from Kenosha Wisconsin. To say that this exhibit is exciting would be a gross understatement. The most often heard word at last Thursday’s opening was "WOW" . A word used by both the young students and the more senior aficionados attending the evening’s reception.
Niemi’s work is beautiful, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunity to have this exhibit here in the western upper peninsula. The exhibit consists of 26 sculptures, which arrived in a large truck. The Finlandia students helped unload the large works of art which Niemi so graciously brought to our northern outpost.

Niemi restricted the works he brought to Hancock due to the ten foot ceilings in the gallery, however, those he brought were bigger than life and a joy to behold. We certainly hope that the Gallery doesn’t wait five more years before bringing us a quality sculptural exhibit o f this magnitude.

Niemi's art, ranging from small pedestal pieces to larger wall and free standing sculptures, is characterized by an uplifting positive nature. "My faith in God, the power and beauty of nature, and the energy and balance of
dance are the driving forces behind my art," notes Niemi. "It would be safe to say if you studied my art you would know my heart."
Our readers will certainly enjoy the work through the photographs rendered in this article and the link to Neimi’s website. However, if you have an opportunity to visit Hancock this is a must see event! The exhibit is open to the public through January 3rd. , a great place to visit during the Christmas school break. There were several students from nearby Hancock High School at Thursday’s reception and they described the exhibit to us as "awesome!" Yes indeed.


Video above and below - Bruce Niemi addresses the audience at Finlandia's Gallery. During the week Bruce gave a class to the Art &  Design students.


For information pertaining to the sale of these works of art contact Carrie Flaspohler, Gallery Director at 906-487-7500 or
"Setting Sun"  31" X 80" Stainless Steel
"Blue Moon"   29.5"X 22" Stainless Steel and Bronze
"In the Beginning II"  32"X 61"  Stainless Steel and Bronze
above - Catch the Wind"      39"X24"     Stainless Steel
"The Wave"    18"X24" Stainless Steel
"The New Beginning"       84"X22"      Stainless Steel
above center - "Energy"    8' 2" X  20"      Stainless Steel and Slate
above - Moonlight Romance"     84" X  27"     Stainless Steel
above - "Revealed"   83" X 18"     Stainless Steel
above - :The Wave"        18"X24"     Stainless Steel
The sculpture above are but ten of the twenty-six fantastic sculptures on exhibit at the Gallery.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12 pm - 4 pm or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

Neimi's Commissions

Bruce Niemi's art can be seen all around the U.S. His work has been commissioned in California, New Mexico , the Carolina's , Florida , Texas and of course the Mid-West. The work depicted below was randomly  displayed from Niemi's Web Site. To see more of his work both commissioned and those available for sale click on:


Emergence III

14' High
bronze Fabrication
El Paso 2000 Exhibition
Palm Desert CA

Eternal Flame
20' high stanless
Diabled Veterns Memorial
Worth, Ill
Interim 1
16' high
Kane County Courthouse

Essence of Dance I

 12.5' H x 6' W x 2' D

Stainless Steel 

Mesa Public Library
Los Alamos, NM


Praise I
17' stainless
Kansas City, Mo
Soaring Higher
13' Stainless
Stone Ed Bldg.
Florida Ste U
Tallahassee FL
Tall Ship I
Fabricated bronze
International Bank
McAllen, TX
Torch V
15' high
Cary Acadamy
Cary, North Carolina