Sculptor Gareth Andrews was selected to create the songwriter’s chair, which will serve as the focal point of the Dylan tribute. Andrews, who grew up in Northeastern Minnesota, traveled around the world before settling in Zim, Minnesota, to raise his family with his wife Carol.
As a boy, Andrews was heavily influenced by his father and grandfather’s artistry, which led him to the University of Minnesota Duluth to pursue a career in the arts. He spent a decade in Alaska sculpting, painting and doing historical restorations for the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.
Andrews public art installations can be found across Minnesota’s Iron Range. In Virginia, “Shoulder to Shoulder Even the Fallen Stand Tall” can be found in Veteran’s Park. In Hibbing, “Legacy of Learners” is installed outside the entrance to Hibbing Community College (HCC) and was commissioned for HCC through Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places. “Passing Torch,” a wall-hung memorial in bronze relief, can be found in the Virginia Regional Medical Center. And “The Sawyer,” a steel sculpture in Rotary Park in Virginia, was a collaboration between Andrews and fellow sculptor Byron Kesanen.
Andrews is a seasoned lecturer, illustrator, painter and sculptor who has shown award-winning work in museums, galleries and exhibits across the United States for over 30 years.