Bill Brown

The refugee sculptures are an artistic and emotional reaction
to images of the global refugee crisis,
with hopes of providing financial support and awareness for this far reaching humanitarian crisis.

These 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.

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” Sculptures are made of steel with patina and oil paint.

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

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

Detail of sculpture # 7

Each sculpture is numbered and documented by the artist

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.

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.


Refugee organizations currently supported through the artist’s contributions

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

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