Lewis and Clark College
Assistant Professor of Sculpture
Mike Rathbun is a sculptor and a seeker, an inquisitor pursuing a state of momentary clarity in the creation of his monumental works. Inspired by legends and heroic actions, the real challenge for him as a maker is the process - the intensive effort and labor involved in his quest to find answers. Rathbun's sculpture is informed by the power of natural elements such as wind and water and the notion of life as a spiritual journey defined through physical experience.
Originally from the Midwest, Mike Rathbun is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his BA from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota. His installations and exhibitions have appeared throughout the US, including Marylhurst University, Franconia Sculpture Park, Claremont Graduate University, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Huntington Beach Art Center. Rathbun has also been awarded prestigious national and regional grants from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Bush Foundation, among others.