“I promise a world illuminated by Art, awakening humanity to the
rapture of being alive.” Wendy E. S. Mike
Ms. Mike is a life-long, multi-disciplinary artist. She studied at the Art Students League of NYC, and received a BFA degree Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College, City University of New York. Moving to Colorado Springs in 1994, she married and had two children. In 1999 she founded the non-profit organization FutureSelf; Youth Discovering Success Through Art, serving youth at-risk with life changing, arts-based programs and workshops, and was the executive director for eight years. Next, she facilitated workshops using the tools of the artist to unlock creative potential for individuals and organizations nationwide. In 2011, she published a paper exploring how art influences culture and behavior, opening new pathways for seeing and being, which led to a nomination for the 2013 TEDprize. In 2017 she mounted a major installation, Ragnarök: Anthropocene, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum in collaboration with De Lane Bredvik. Her 2019 submission to Sashay, the juried wearable art runway show also at the Fine Arts Center was awarded first prize. Also in 2019, she received the “Kick-Ass for the Arts” award from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art in recognition of her on-going contribution to the arts in the Colorado Springs community.
As a facilitator, consultant and coach, she has designed and provided programs for people to “see newly,” experiencing what happens to the brain “on art,” serving youth at-risk, CEO’s, domestic violence survivors and various organizations, both for and non-profit.
Artistically, she has explored figure drawing, monolithic abstract painting, sculpture, singing, dancing, acting, and site-specific installation using visual art, movement and music designed to encourage participation and inspire a sense of what is possible. Still consumed with the exploration with the human form, her current work involves sculptural representations composed of fabric, paper, found objects and wood.
Ms. Mike holds that art is inherently transformational. The presence of Art in our lives awakens us to the rapture of being alive. Ultimately, Ms. Mike believes that people, awake, alive and connected, can create a world that works for everyone.If her art can inspire a small part of this, her promise will be fulfilled.