Donald Rau, Jr.


Artist Statement

“For me, as I started on the path toward retirement, there came an unusual and rewarding turn as I discovered the world of metal sculpture. At the age of 60, with encouragement and motivation from my wife, I found my ‘artsy’ side as she often tells people. Today, over 14 years later, I find myself busier than ever designing and creating metal and glass sculptures, while enjoying every moment in my studio.

I have created numerous carbon steel and stainless steel works incorporating added elements of glass for striking contrast and color. Designs may come from an inspirational moment I have, a whimsical thought from my wife, or a request from a client to fill an unusual place in their world with something different. Many of my works have become focal points in client gardens and homes from Crystal Mountain Resort in Northern Michigan, to the far West of Tucson, Arizona.

Prominent works can be found in Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort, Betsie Valley District Library in Thompsonville, along with the children’s garden of the Traverse City Michigan Public Library.

In 2014 I was invited by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to display my sculpture entry into the Grand Rapids, Michigan ArtPrize Competition outside the entrance of the museum. The following year I was invited to display another sculpture project during ArtPrize 2015 at First Park Congregational Church.

Some of my projects have been displayed at the Elizabeth Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Jordan Valley Arts Council, the Building 50 art show in Traverse City, and my work is also on display at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids.”

Works in the Park