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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Nicholas Legeros Sculpture Studio

Nick Legeros is a standout artist in Northeast Minneapolis, well-known for both his art and his community activism. As a sculptor of bronze, Legeros has created a number of public and corporate commission pieces that can be found all across the Midwest including “Father Murphy” at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and “Quiet Competence” at M.A. Mortenson & Company in Minneapolis.

Legeros grew up in the Twin Cities and has been interested in art since his fourth grade art class. Shortly after entering Gustavus Adolphus College for his undergraduate degree, Legeros realized sculpture was the career avenue he wanted to pursue and ultimately went on to get his MFA degree in studio arts from the University of Minnesota. He also worked as an artist-in-residence at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts for more than 20 years before opening his own studio at 84 14th Ave. NE in 2003.

“At the time, I didn’t realize how important location was,” says Legeros, “but there was a lot of development happening in Northeast and now this area is so full of energy.”

Legeros outfitted his studio with a foundry, and he designs, creates molds, and pours bronze for all his pieces within the space. When showing off some of his recent pieces, he says he’s intrigued by the notion of distorting perspectives and has even experimented with blending bronze and glass casting.

"Happy accidents happen all the time in art,” Legeros says.

Over the years, he has built his business and grown his clientele by networking with members of the community at various events hosted by the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. He also engages with community members by teaching private classes upon request and hosting tours of his studio space by appointment.

One of the primary challenges Legeros faces is that he can't work fast enough - typically a good problem for an artist to have. On top of working to meet high demand for his pieces, Legeros is actively involved in organizations such as the Northeast Minneapolis Community Development Corporation (NECDC) and previously served as president of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). He was also on the planning committee for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Action Plan for a number of years.

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