Andrew Arvanetes

Andrew Arvanetes received his BFA and MFA from Northern Illinois University. He has
been producing sculpture professionally since 1987. Working in aluminum, stainless
steel, bronze, mild steel and wood, Arvanetes has fabricated large outdoor sculptures,
gallery-size work as well as low-relief wall constructions. He has exhibited his work
throughout the United States, participating in exhibitions, competitions and public art
projects. Originally from the Chicago area, Arvanetes has returned to his Chicago roots
after operating sculpture studios in central Michigan, Cincinnati and the Dallas/Fort
Worth area.
-Andrew was named the winner of the 2017 Lewis C. Weinberg Biennial Award by the
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park in Skokie, Illinois.
-In 2017 Andrew was named to the list of "50 Fabulous Alumni" by Kankakee
Community College, Kankakee, Illinois.
-Andrew was selected as a featured artist for Chicago Artists Month 2012 by the
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, Illinois.
-Andrew is a member of Chicago Sculpture International.

Artist's Social

Kankakee, Illinois


Colussus - 2023

My sculptures have always been object-oriented. The interpretation of my work may not be the same as the intended narrative. More importantly, the viewer should be able to feel a connection based on their own personal experiences. I attempt to achieve this connection with my audience by utilizing universal visual details. These details and symbols combine with the overall form to create the visual aesthetic. Because of my formal approach to fabrication, rational functionality might be expected. On the contrary, the combination of physical scale, personal references and visual details often results in a whimsical and absurd reality.

Titanium Sponsors

Adams County Community Foundation
Arts United / Indiana Arts Commission
Indiana Arts Commission
Porter Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

City of Decatur
Decatur Arts Commission
Hoosier Pattern Inc

Gold Sponsors

Adams Memorial Hospital
Adams Public Library System (In Kind
Ambassador Enterprises
Berne Ready Mix
Complete Printing Service
John Brune Digital Video
Terry & Anita Myers