contact name: Gene Olson
The Mettle Works
8600 NE O'Dean Ave
Elk River MN 55330-7167
open to public: yes
hours: by appointment only.
2000 One of Three National Finalists for an Atrium Sculpture for Eli Lilly, co. Indianapolis IN
1999 One of Five National Finalists for the Science Museum of Minnesota Atrium Sculpture
1993 Minnesota Crafts Council -Juried- Fiber/Metal Show - Artists' Choice Award - Metals
1993 Minnesota Crafts Council -Juried- Fiber/Metal Show - Peer's Choice Award - First Place - Metals
1988 Cover Background Artist - Juried competition, 1989 edition of Guild Sourcebook, Kraus - Sikes pub.
1985 Second Honor, Juried show, 74th Annual Fine Arts Show, Minnesota State Fair
2002 Minnesota Sculpture Biennial, Minnesota Museum of American Art
2000 Leonardo da Vinci Day, Science Museum of Minnesota
2000 The Arts Source, Indianapolis, IN, Invitational show
2000 Sherburne County Gov. Center, Elk River MN, "Arts in Harmony", juried show.
2000 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MAEP "A Foot in the Door Show"
1999 Jax Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Invitational show
1998 The Arts Source, Indianapolis, IN, Invitational show
1997 Sculpture, On and Off the Wall, Ford Center Gallery, Minneapolis MN.
1997 Sherburne County Gov. Center, Elk River MN, "Arts in Harmony", juried show.
1996 Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI. Group show, "Artists Who Collaborate With Architects and Designers."
1996 The Arts Source, Indianapolis, IN, Invitational show
1996 Minnesota Museum of American Art, "Mail Art" show
1995-96 Minnesota Museum of American Art, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN "Havin' a Ball", Mixed media installation, kinetic.
6m x 9m x 4.6m h, (20'x26'x15'h) .
1995 Sherburne County Gov. Center, Elk River MN, "Arts in Harmony", juried show.
1993-94 Minnesota Crafts Council Honors Show, Grand Gallery, St. Paul MN.
1993 Benefit Show for the National Symphony in the old Canadian Embassy, Washington DC.
1992 Flanders Contemporary Art, Twentieth Anniversary Show, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MAEP "A Foot in the Door Show"
1986 75th Annual Fine Arts Show, Minnesota State Fair, juried show
1985 74th Annual Fine Arts Show, Minnesota State Fair, juried show
1983-86 The Children's Museum, Minneapolis, MN "The Tempest", 1.5m x 3m x 2.1m h (60"x120"x84"h), steel, kinetic
BSA Architects, Indianapolis, IN; Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco, CA; Tosei Corp., Tokyo, Japan; James Wines, SITE Projects, New York, NY; Jostens Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson WI; University of Wisconsin at River Falls, River Falls, WI; Bill Kraus, Kraus-Sikes Inc., Madison, WI; Judd Peterson, Peterson Associates Arch., Minneapolis, MN; Ralph Bruce III, Sr. VP (ret.), Archer Daniels Midland, La Jolla, CA; Lisa Dayton, Orono, MN; Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN; City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis MN; Minneapolis Library Board, Minneapolis, MN; Riverwood Conference Center, Monticello, MN; and others.
Gene's work has been mentioned in: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Daily, Red Wing Daily Republican Eagle, Lake City Graphic, Architectural Record, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Architecture Minnesota, Elk River Star, The River Falls Journal, Minnesota Explorer, Radio and TV news.
He is listed in Who's who in American Art.
Country of Citizenship:
Lake City, Minnesota
March 1, 1949
Twin Cities Metro Area