BORN: 1931- Milwaukee, WI
DIED: October 1, 2020 - Cedarburg, WI
Paul Yank was born and grew up on Milwaukee’s north side. He is a graduate of the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, where he majored in fine arts as a sculptor. He also attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to attain academic credits needed for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Yank started his professional career as a sculptor in 1958. After a nationwide competition, he was selected as sculptor-in-residence for Milwaukee’s natural history museum. In that eight-year role, Yank thoroughly studied cultural anthropology as he designed and created three-dimensional displays for what is now known as the Milwaukee Public Museum. In addition, living and studying in Kyoto, Japan for three and a half years while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps aroused Yank’s awareness and knowledge of world cultures. These rich experiences provided inspiring subject matter for much of his artwork.
By the mid-1960s, commissions for large-scale sculpture and fountains became Yank’s primary business. Sculptural commissions of outdoor fountains, wall reliefs, and free-standing sculptures are in many private residences, corporate offices, as well as religious and public buildings throughout Wisconsin and the USA.
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