Founded in 2004, The Midwest Sculpture Initiative was formed out of Ken Thompson's personal desire for more outdoor sculpture opportunities and was a natural extension of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Galleries.
Hence MSI's mission is to: Provide outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest, promote cooperation among art and civic organizations, advance the role that the visual arts play in the quality of life and increase economic development.
In pursuing this goal, MSI has assembled 119 such exhibits thus far. In organizing all of these exhibits MSI has collaborated with community members, committees, individual hosts, arts professionals and sculptors. MSI possesses a database of over 900 sculptors to solicit work from, a website for promotion of exhibitions, large inventory of 'rentable' concrete pads, the heavy equipment necessary for the placement of pads and artwork, and the expertise to complete the task on time and on budget.
Ken Thompson holds a Master of Liberal Studies in Sculpture from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan. Ken has been making sculpture since 1978 out of a former car dealership now turned studio in Blissfield, Michigan. From this facility, he and his assistants also operate Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Ken is well versed in bronze casting and metal fabrication but prefers stone carving.