2017 Iron Pour at MN Waldorf School

An annual children-guided powerful performance centered on overcoming personal challenges and performed in honor of each student’s internal transformation.

Following a parent and student ceremony, James Brenner Sculpture led the iron pour in creating five star constellations with fire lines connecting the glowing stars. During the previous month, the children worked on identifying their personal challenges and created images that reflect the qualities that are necessary to overcome those challenges. This imagery was carved into sand molds in the shape of stars that created the constellations. A large open faced community iron project culminated the pour.



Working on grinding benches for the Central Park West

Nearly a Sphere

Almost done with the layers for the Central Park West sculpture!

Layering and Lighting

Setting sphere layers in place and running the fiber optic cable through for Central Park West sculpture, it's coming along well!

Current Project

My sculpture for St Louis Park and Golden Valley - a gateway piece situated in a community connection space at Central Park West-  is underway! Check back soon to see a time lapse fabrication video of the glass, steel, and fiber optic LED sphere.









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 https://aiahouston.org/v/site-home/Gulf-Coast-Green-2016/35/

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


For more information click here

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