William Baran-Mickle

Title: 1) Independent Artist; 2) Committee Member
Company: 1) Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; 2) Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network; 3) Arts and Humanities Bainbridge; 4) Self-Employed
Location: Poulsbo, Washington, United States

William Baran-Mickle, committee member at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and columnist for Arts & Humanities Bainbridge’s Currents magazine, and, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in metalsmithing.

Having accrued nearly 45 years of experience, Mr. Baran-Mickle has cultivated a fulfilling career in the art industry. Specializing in metalsmithing and sculpture work, he has operated as an independent artist since 1978. Furthermore, he helped build the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art from an idea since 2010, and has served as chair of and a committee member of The Public Art Committee of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge since 2014. As part of his dedication to his profession, Mr. Baran-Mickle has been affiliated with several industry-related organizations, including the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, Kitsap County Arts Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

As part of his vocational journey, Mr. Baran-Mickle pursued a formal education, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in metal arts at the California College of the Arts in 1978, a Master of Fine Arts in metalsmithing at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981, and a Master of Arts in art history, and criticism at Syracuse University in 1997. Adjacent to his primary ventures, he also remains active as a civic-minded citizen, having served as the board president of an environmental nonprofit for six years and a community volunteer for over 20 years. To commemorate his accomplishments in the field, he was honored with the Island Treasure Award from the Island Treasure Foundation in 2020. In light of his numerous achievements, Mr. Baran-Mickle attributes much of his success to his creative aptitude and love for art.

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