Thomas Sayre grew up in Washington, D. C. in the shadow of the Washington Cathedral. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship and majored in English and studio art. He graduated in 1973, summa cum laude. He then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a Michigan Fellow with a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation to make sculpture at the University of Michigan. In 1975, Mr. Sayre attended the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art for the one year.
In 1977, Mr. Sayre moved back to North Carolina, began P.U.S.H., a non-profit organization dedicated to the improving of institutional environments for mentally impaired individuals. His work with P.U.S.H. extended throughout the United States in over 16 states.
In 1981, together with architect Steven D. Schuster, Mr. Sayre formed Clearscapes, which is a multi-disciplinary design firm with an office and studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, employing fifteen people. Clearscapes is involved with building design, product design, and both large- and small-scale artwork. Combining the hands-on process of the sculpture studio with architectural skills, the firm is unique in its combination of talents.
Mr. Sayre continues to work actively as a sculptor with commissioned work in various collections spanning between Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, Perth, Australia, Istanbul, Turkey, Hong Kong, Colorado, Tucson as well as throughout the Southeast. He has exhibited his work in a number of private galleries, as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art, the St. John's Museum, the Waterworks Gallery, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. In 1995, he received a NEA/SEA Fellowship.
Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects all over the world and has been part of the design team for civic, educational, and museum buildings. He, along with architect Steve Schuster, is a founding principal of the multi-disciplinary design firm, Clearscapes , and has collaborated to produce lighting, furniture, terrazzo floors, and specialty surfaces.
While occasionally producing "studio" pieces, most of his efforts are focused in the public arena. It is here where the idea of producing art intersects with the realities of life. The art will work only when disparate opinions come together through collaboration to form a coherent vision.
You may find out more about Thomas Sayre by visiting his website at thomassayre.com.
"Gyre" can be seen at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Photo by Jim Sink.