About Nick and his Work
Bronze sculptor Nick Legeros has created more than 500 sculptures in his more than 35 year career. A native of Edina, Mn., Legeros is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he was a student of noted sculptor Paul Granlund. Legeros continued to work with Granlund until 1980, then went on to get an M.F.A. at the University of Minnesota.
“The careful mentoring and encouragement I received from Paul Granlund made my career choice possible. Paul gave me the training, the knowledge and the benefit of his experience. He showed me what the life of a sculptor was like."
He was impressed by Granlund's ability to live his professional life and still be close and attentive to his family.
Legeros' education and experiences contributed to his artistic style that is welcoming, personal and integrates a sense of spirituality without focusing on a particular religion.
Legeros taught throughout the Twin Cities prior to owning his own studio space. From 1981-2002 Nick was Artist in Residence at Minnetonka Center for the Arts; he has also taught at Breck School, Metropolitan State University and the Edina Art Center.
Legeros works mainly on commission and his work is displayed at many hospitals, universities, corporate campuses, libraries and cemeteries. His "Wonderment" sculpture adorns a small pool at the Shrub Rose Garden at the Arboretum.
A couple of Legeros' sculptures have particular prominence in the Twin Cities. His portrait of sportswriter Sid Hartman (2010) is a landmark outside of Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. His life-size Goldy Gopher (2013) for the University of Minnesota is a centerpiece on the plaza outside Coffman Union.
From his Blue Ribbon Bronze Studio and Gallery in northeast Minneapolis, Legeros can cast any size sculpture in his bronze casting foundry. The studio is open to the public daily. Legeros still proudly works with Paul Granlund's clay, given to him by Granlund's widow.