Finalist for Outdoor Sculpture in Marshall MN

Getting ready to present an outdoor sculpture project for Marshall MN. The City of Marshall with the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council lead an effort to recruit and select an artist to create a sculpture for the Avera Plaza. 

My concept will be on display during the month go may for the public to look at and comment. Looking forward to the results!!



Gulf Coast Green 2016

Heading to Houston!!! Gulf Coast Green is a symposium and expo conference about green building. This years' theme is Smart Design which includes art, architecture and sustainability. I am excited to be participating as a speaker and talking about Art as a catalyst for change.

For more information on the event

April 28th, 2016

smART Design:

The intersection of art, architecture and sustainability

Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH)

3400 Main Street 

Houston, TX 77002

Enviromental Exhibition Coming soon.

Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace is a unique group exhibition that merges science and art running from October 22, 2015- January 2016. This project investigates the importance in art communicating concerns of organic and suitable food production, climate change, population growth, social justice, water and pollution. Art is a vehicle for igniting conversation that stimulates inner emotional human connections to inspire action.



Institute on the Environment IonE.

University of Minnesota

1954 Buford Ave. St. Paul


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Convergence, 2014

Restoring Balance III, 2015

Restoring Balance III, 2015


Convergence Celebration


A gathering to dedicate and unveil my new sculpture for Bloomington's South Loop. Join us in this celebration!


Thursday, August 20, 2015. Rain or Shine.

At the Roundabout- Lindau Lane and 28th Avenue in Bloomington, MN

2:00- 2:30   Meet the Artist

2:30- 2:45   Dedication Ceremony

2:45- 3:00   Sculpture Unveiling


Music by Steve Sandberg and Friends with members from the Brass Messengers.

Refreshments and ice cream served. 


Back from China

Beyond Boundaries Exhibition at TEDA Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin China

Casket 5


Join Franconia as we celebrate in the Casket Arts Building: James Brenner,  Aaron Dysart, Rollin Marquette, Peyton Scott Russell and Amy Toscani. 

Opening reception: Friday, June 5th, 6-8pm

Artists' talks Thursday June 18th, 7-9pm. All are welcome!

Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 1-4 pm or by appointment: 612-743-6664


Upcoming Projects: Sculpture to Be Installed in Bloomington, MN


The roundabout project commissioned by the City of Bloomington, MN will be permanently installed at the intersection of Lindau Lane and 28th Avenue. The base of the work will incorporate three varieties of wildflowers and prairie grasses native to the region. Towering above the foundation, an 18' ring composed of glass, steel, and LED fiber optics will slowly transition through a sequence of colored light. Construction will begin shortly in the studio to reach a projected completion date in July 2015. 

North Star- Big Dipper Constellation in site!


Restoring Balance III at Westbeth Gallery.

Restoring Balance III (2015) will be on display in the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY.                                         

The show will run from February 11th - February 22nd at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014.

MN Original in the studio

James Brenner Sculpture on MN Original. Very excited to be featured in the summer season. Filming Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Project and a commission for the City of Bloomington.

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North Star Performance during the Annual Michaelmas Celebration

A project in conjunction with the Minnesota Waldorf School. James Brenner Sculpture and the 5th + 8th grade classes produced artwork in the form of stars. These stars took the form of five constellations, each defined by an open glowing star and the line of fire, cast during the North Star Performance Pour at the Annual Michaelmas Celebration.

Part of the Michaelmas Celebration and story included a sword and dragon that we casted in iron. 

Studio Crew: Jim Brenner, Andrew Fernandez, Julia Sisson, Meagan Daus, Carolina Borja

Waldorf Team: Gideon Weick, Deborah Dornemann, Master Blacksmith Chris Poor, 6th and 8th Waldorf students

Staff: Mr. Craig, Mrs. Amy, Mr. Curt

Casting Crew: Nick Wells, Elena Lavorato, Brighton McCormick, Amber White, Cassandra Rebn, Woody Shauffer, Carl Otstad, Yousif Del Valle

Photos: Vaara Ostrin

Music: Jaxon Vesely


Day and Night pics of The Big Dipper Performance

The North Star Event is a performative Cast iron Pour where each star of the Big Dipper is cast in iron.The resulting sculptures will form part of permanent piece at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Team: Jim Brenner, Andrew Fernandez, Carolina Borja, Meagan Daus, Nick Wells, Amber White, Laura Dettle Nelson, Carl Ostad, Woody Stauffer, Cassandra Rebman, Yousif Del Valle, John Hock, Tamsie Ringler, Elena Lavorato, Brighton McCormick, Amber White and Carl Otstad.

Photographs courtesy of Franconia Sculpture Park.


Minnesota Waldorf School- Michaelmas

In honor of the shooting stars and the iron they bring to earth, Minnesota Waldorf School will host an iron pour on Thursday, September 25th. Students have been working in this project for the last past weeks, this will culminate with the dramatic molten iron pouring in their molds.