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Cara Lawson-Ball is a fine-art sculptor and painter living in Michigan.  Her bronze sculptures of life-size wildlife are displayed in public parks and private gardens, allowing viewers to see and touch animals they may never encounter.  Using multimedia of pastel, ink, pencil and gouache she interprets imagined landscape painting of the Great Lake Region.  These drawing materials feel inherently familiar to her, having had a love affair with pencil and ink since her earlier time in architectural design.  When creating a new piece, whatever the medium, trusting the material guides her through variations in swirls, patterns, lines and form to finish off the work.  Cara finds the sculpting informs her painting and painting informs her sculpting.

Compelling to Cara, are the seemingly simplistic details and strong lines of the American Regionalist Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, and the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.  Spatial strength in the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson and the landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted influence all of her work.  Inspired by line, color, nature and the outdoors she creates art urging viewers to engage, respect and protect our natural environment.

While receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Indiana University, Cara studied metalsmithing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Oxbow.  She is also a canoe guide and hiker, observing the quiet details of the outdoors.

Cara Lawson-Ball (b. 1959, US)

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013   Kenapochamocha, North Manchester, Indiana

2012   Circa Arts Gallery, South Bend, Indiana

2003   Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois

2003   Starved Rock State Park, Illinois



Selected Group Exhibitions

2018   LST International Showcase, 1st Place sculpture
2014   Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana

2013   St. Mary's University, Notre Dame, Indiana

2012   Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana

2011   Wellfield Botanic Garden, Founders Dinner, Indiana

2003   Lafayette Zoo, Indiana

2003   Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, Indiana

2002   Get Into Nature, Bremen, Indiana   

1999   Cantigny Sculpture Show, Chicago, Illinois




St. Mary's University, Notre Dame, Indiana, Business, 2013

Indiana University South Bend, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1999

Art Institute Chicago, Oxbow, Metalsmithing, 1997

Selected Publications and Reviews

National Sculpture Review, April 2008

Country Lines Journal, August 2004

Journal Star “Sculpture Garden”, September 2003

National Public Radio “Sculpture Unveiling”, September 2003
Sculpture Review, 2002

Art Foundry Journal “Herman Wells”, November 2001


Selected Commissions

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study membership, USA
Riverbridge Park, Indiana

Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Indiana

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois
Chippewa Landing Livery, Michigan
Private commissions


Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana
Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Indiana

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois

Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

Private collections in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Washington