Sydney Atkinson began his formal study of art at Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Georgia. His art teacher there introduced him to the idea of attending Atlanta College of Art. While attending Atlanta College of Art, Sydney explored many avenues of the arts until his major finally rested upon sculpture. He became an assistant in the sculpture department where he received a working scholarship. The next year Sydney received a Ford Foundation Scholarship and was personal assistant to James Clover, sculpture professor. During his time studying in Atlanta he participated in many shows such as, Piedmont Park's-Art in the Park, Group shows at the High Museum, Roswell Arts Festival, and shows in Lagrange and at Emory University. He finished up his studies at Atlanta College of Art by earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts. After serving two years in the Armed Services, Sydney chose to attend Cranbrook Academy of the Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Shortly after beginning there, he received a Cranbrook Welding Assistantship. This assistantship allowed him to manage the welding studio, while working on his own sculpture. Later he became personal assistant to Michael Hall, the sculptor in residence. During the same year, Sydney became a gallery assistant and received the Cranbrook Academy of Art Student Council Scholarship. Also during this time, Sydney participated in numerous shows at the school and in surrounding areas. As if this was not enough, he also was given a mini grant from Michigan Council of the Arts to create a sculpture for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. One of the first abstract sculptures placed in a National Park in Michigan. After these two years, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook.
The summer after, Sydney and his wife traveled to Vancouver, Canada where he taught a summer session in sculpture at Vancouver School of Art City College. When he returned to Flint, Michigan, Sydney began an artist in schools program sponsored by Michigan Council for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. Also while living in Flint, he served on the Grant Review Advisory Panel for MCA, taught 3-D design at Mott Community College and adult night classes for Flint Public Schools, participated in visiting artists programs in Cheboygan, Grand Rapids, and St. Josephs. Sydney then moved to Hillsdale, Michigan where he began as an artist in schools with North Adams Public Schools. At the conclusion of the one year program as an artist in schools, Sydney and his family moved back to Flint. During his stay in Flint, which consisted of eight years, he was a consultant for the Mott Foundation and resumed night class teaching. This experience resulted in many public works such as, Meadowbrook-a five year installation project, Flint Riverfront Project, Flint City Hall, Flint Institute of Arts Permanent Collection, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Cheboygan Library, North Adams Elementary School, and Bishop Airport. He is also a part of many private collections, which includes Michigan State Senator Jack Faxon, Holtzman and Silvennan Construction Co., and Principia Upper School-St. Louis, Missouri.
Since returning to Atlanta, Sydney has participated in many shows and juried art exhibitions. Most recent examples are the Kennesaw Fine Arts Society Juried Exhibition (2 years), North Fulton Regional Art Exhibition (‘01, ‘02), Quinlan Visual Arts Center Juried and Invitational Art Exhibition, and Kennesaw State University Golden Generation Juried Art Exhibition (‘0 I, ‘02). Within these shows, he received many honorable mentions, two first place prizes and a best in show. In addition, several alumni shows in Atlanta and Savanna (09). Sydney recently placed one of his works at the Big House in Macon Ga, The Allman Brothers Band Museum, and at the Metal Coaters Office garden. Sydney recently placed 3rd in the city of Suwanee's Sculptor 2012. Read More
- Syd Atkinson, dk Gallery Metal Sculptor