Kyle Fokken was born in 1966 in the small farming town of Clara City, Minnesota- a town with little to do but entertain yourself with your imagination.
After graduation, Kyle went on to become the first person in his family to go to college. He graduated with honors in 1991 with a BFA in Ceramics from Minnesota State University at St. Cloud State, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kyle was also the Fine Arts Chair and board member of the University Program Board, where he recruited and managed a team of student volunteers to curate and maintain the student union gallery and display cases. His team was crucial in bringing in nationally respected visual and literary artists. His leadership led to the university purchasing multiple works of art and at least two artists being hired as full-time professors.
After graduation, he worked as a potter’s apprentice to learn the craft and how to run a business. He then interned with the Minnesota Museum of Art and a board position with the Minnesota Crafts Council. Both of these positions afforded him the tools he would need working in a corporate environment and arts administration.
He worked as assistant manager with ArtsMarketing Services in Toronto, Canada, a company that aids the arts and non-profits by selling memberships and concert seats in the U.S. and Canada. After moving back to Minneapolis, Kyle had a career in the mortgage industry and has worked with many nationally known arts groups like North East Minneapolis Arts Association and the Soap Factory. After many years of processing and selling mortgages, he took the leap to become a full-time artist and full-time dad. Kyle and his wife Heather recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary and have two great kids. Since then he has shown in multiple museums and art centers throughout the United States. He’s shown during The Bridge show as part of ART MIAMI in Miami Beach, and shown in galleries in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Denver. Kyle has won multiple “First Place” and “Best in Show” awards for his indoor and outdoor sculptures throughout the Midwest, and has recently received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant to study new materials for use in outdoor sculpture.
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