Bill Brown

A refugee, generally speaking, is a displaced person who has been forced to cross national boundaries.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, violence or natural disaster. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

The “Refugee Series” premiere feature exhibit will take place June - December 2019

at The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at ASU Boone, NC

Events are being planned to share information about the refugee crisis,

and there will be an artist’s gallery talk, in conjunction with the sculpture exhibition.

The “Refugee Series” are freestanding metal sculptures, representing figurative forms. Each of the figures stands on various elements, maybe a round base representing a circle of ground from a beloved homeland, a rocking boat, a rooftop or other interpretive component. The figures are meant to express the grace and strength of the human spirit to persevere through life’s challenges.

Artist Bill Brown became aware of the expanding worldwide refugee crisis in late 2015. This new body of work began to evolve from that growing awareness and the artist’s desire to help refugee organizations.

Brown’s hope is that this work and it’s narrative will serve to bring awareness to the worldwide refugee crisis and encourage engagement toward solutions. The artist has made a commitment to donate $500. from each refugee sculpture sale to organizations focused on addressing the crisis. (link for each below)

Bill Brown lives in the mountains of North Carolina, USA. A full time artist working predominantly in metal, creating a broad range of sculpture from large-scale outdoor works to smaller interior work.


The “Refugee” Sculptures are made of steel and many also have acrylic paint used in the finish.

The sculptures pictured above range in height from 4.5 feet to 6.5 feet

Please contact the studio for images and information about available pieces in this series. 

Refugee organizations currently supported through the artist’s contributions

American Refugee Committee, International Rescue Committee, USA for UNCHR, Proactiva Open Arms

the organization links will open in separate windows