Commissioned Bronze Statues

(CV) CURRICULUM VITAE

Francis Volz

103 7th Avenue, Rochelle, Illinois 61068, United States 

630-306-8853

franvolz@franvolzstudios.com


MISSION STATEMENT

Fran Volz Studios specializes in large scale public bronze statues. The theme, size, and execution all play a role in a quality fine arts piece. 


ACADEMIC HISTORY

 1999 Figurative Sculpture; live models.

           Deerfield, IL

1982 Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude, Religious Studies. St Norbert College-

         Green Bay, Wisconsin


MILITARY

U.S. Air Force, Electronics. Vandenberg AFB, California. 


NEWS MEDIA

1985-2019

Interviews on TV & radio spots—

“Coffee With”, Chicago (Fox 32)

CBS 2

NBC 5

WTTW 11

ABC 7

Publications:

Perhaps 50+ articles written in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, Rockford Register Star, Rochelle News-Leader, Summit Daily News (Colorado), etc.


AWARDS

2017 First Place, Rockford Snow Competition

2015 First Place, Rockford Snow Competition

2013 Appreciation Award, Arlington Heights, IL


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

19 years sculpting in Bronze.

30 years sculpting in various other materials: Fiberglass, clay, steel, wood,

     Styrofoam, snow, even straw.

9 years --created and established an International snow sculpting competition-  

     bringing it to downtown Chicago, Michigan avenue. Sponsored by the Chicago   

     mayor's Office of Special Events. Then moved the event to Navy Pier. Worked with 

     officials from Chicago City Hall. Helped coordinate snow teams from China, 

     Germany, Spain, Russia, etc.

30 years snow sculpting experience.

A lifetime of personal projects in drawing & design -  including murals, sculpture,  

     photoshop, mechanical animatronics, electronics, pneumatics.


SAMPLE OF BRONZE WORKS

William Dunton - 8 foot tall bronze figure statue on a 4 foot pedestal.

        Arlington Heights, IL 

Eternal Flame -  12 foot tall bronze statue on a 2 foot pedestal. Arlington Heights, IL

Book of Dreams - 12 foot bronze sculpture, mounted to the side of the library. To 

        honor retiring library director. Arlington Heights, IL

Caring Hands - 28" x 34" bronze relief. Skokie, IL

Grandma Goodness - Life-sized bronze portrait bust. Private commission. Wisconsin.

Eternal Flame - 4 foot tall bronze statue on a 6 foot granite pedestal. Field of Honor, 

       Love's Park, IL

Samantha and Jack - 6" bronze figurines mounted on marble bases. Private collection.

Torso - 6" bronze female torso mounted on marble base. Private collection.

Jack Siegel books - slightly larger than life set of bronze books stacked and mounted   

        to a park bench. In honor of a deceased attorney. Schaumburg City Hall, Illinois.

IN PROGRESS: Life-sized bronze soldier kneeling on one knee.

        Veteran's Memorial Park. Rochelle, IL