Sculptor Timothy Schmalz Franciscan Sister Interview Part I

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

October 22, 2021

As we reverence life and cherish all that God has given us, Franciscan Sister Cecilia Joy Kugel interviews sculptor Timothy Schmalz.

For over 25 years, Timothy has been sculpting large scale sculptures. He is a figurative artist with his pieces installed worldwide. Some of his most reputed pieces are installed in historical churches in Rome and at the Vatican. Timothy describes his most important work as visual translations of the Bible. “I am devoted to creating artwork that glorifies Christ. The reason for this devotion, apart from my Christian beliefs, is that an artist needs an epic subject to create epic art. I describe my sculptures as being visual prayers. When I create a three dimensional sculpture in bronze I am quite aware that it will last longer than myself. I realize I am between two things that are much more durable than myself: Christianity and bronze metal. It is between these that I have developed a subtle appreciation for what Saint Francis meant by “instrument”. Learn more about Timothy and his work at

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