Announcing a sculpture project for the Town of Manchester that will connect us to our past and create a legacy for future generations. These will be life-size bronze sculptures of individuals who have made significant contributions to our community in the areas of athletics, education, the arts, inventing, etc.

These will enhance the many tangible historic assets of our town by further illustrating the story of its cultural heritage. A number of communities across the nation and around the world use public art to educate residents and visitors alike. The sculptures can be resources for Manchester's economic and community development efforts.

Our town is rich in arts and culture, evidenced by the growth of residents and visitors attracted to the town's historic infrastructure and related arts and history programs, including the community's support of events like Imagine Main Street. With recent changes in statewide marketing efforts targeted for business and leisure travel, these sculptures provide an opportunity to attract tourism.

This will be an on-going project, with the initial statues completed one per year for the next three years. Fundraising efforts are in progress! Your early investment will help create interest and support and make November 2017 a reality for our first unveiling.

To donate: To become formally identified as a Sponsor of the Sculpture Project, please click SPONSORSHIP FORM, print, and enclose it with your check as described on the form. All contributions welcome! Mail your check to "Sculpture Project," Manchester Historical Society, 175 Pine Street, Manchester, CT 06040. Write Sculpture Project on the memo line. Contributions by credit card can be made by calling the Historical Society at 860-647-9983. Thank you for your donation! Read more about the project Nine-page sponsorship packet.

About the sculpture subjects: The Sculpture Project Committee has chosen these Manchester luminaries for the first three sculptures:

About the sculptor: Michael Keropian of Carmel, NY, grew up in Manchester.

He began his professional career and training as a sculptor at the oldest art school in the country, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1978. To further his training in sculpture he moved to New York's Hudson Valley in 1986 and worked for ten years at the Tallix Sculpture Foundry in Beacon, NY, working on hundreds of sculptures and learning the technical skills that go into casting a sculpture into metal.

During this period he started Keropian Sculpture LLC and worked after hours to develop his business. Keropian Sculpture LLC provides sculptural services and consulting to a variety of clientele.

After leaving the Tallix Foundry in 1996, he continued building Keropian Sculpture LLC and started teaching at a number of schools in the New York Metro area, such as the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City and Artlife Studio in Portchester, NY. He currently teaches privately and at the Katonah Art Center. Keropian Sculpture has also completed sculpture restorations for a number of private estates, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design and Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum. In 2000, Michael received a commission to create nine heroic-size tigers for the new baseball stadium of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park.

Since 2000, Michael has been commissioned to create a variety of sculptural projects, including:

Michael has won numerous awards throughout the years and recently won the coveted Hudson Valley Art Association's Gold Medal. His works can be found in private collections around the world.

He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and is the Sculpture Chairperson for the Hudson Valley Art Association. Watch a video of Michael describing his work.

Example of Michael's work, of sports-car racer John Cooper Fitch:

The committee: Inspired by the public support for the October, 2015 visit of "The Wall That Heals," and by ongoing interest in "Imagine Main Street" activities, the committee has started organizing and fundraising to honor Manchester's historic figures with sculptures. The committee consists of Manchester residents Lynn Sottile, Joyce Hodgson, Tana Parseliti, Eileen Sweeney, Michele O'Neil, and Susan Barlow.