Lisa's Resume


Artist Bio

Lisa Reinertson is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze.

Coming from a family of peace and social activists, Reinertson’s work has an underlying humanism that can be seen both in her poetic ceramic figures with animals, to her more historic public commissions that express ideals of peace and social justice. In her public sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez she blends bas-relief into her three-dimensional sculptural forms creating an historic and powerfully moving narrative. Her work combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions, with a contemporary expression of social and psychological content.

Reinertson completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri. She has taught at several universities and colleges in Northern California including CSU Chico, Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley. Her ceramic work has been in exhibitions and museums nationally and internationally, and is in several public and private collections including the Crocker Art Museum, the ASU Art Museum and the Mint Museum. Reinertson has completed over 20 public commissions in bronze.

MLK Kalamazoo Sculpture

Kalamazoo’s Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.
An article by Michael W. Panhorst

"The insight and artistry of the sculptor, coupled with the foresight of the city that commissioned the work, has given to us and to future generations an inspiring memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement."

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MLK Kalamazoo Sculpture

A new catalogue is available:

Artemis Sculpts/The Work of Lisa Reinertson As Reflected Upon by the Artist's Daughter.