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"As one of the founders of the All Souls Procession, Mykl has been a great contributor to the Tucson community as a whole - not just the arts community. It's an honor for him to be invited to represent our city at this arts event in Italy." - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

by Lori Zimmer on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 
"I had the pleasure of getting to know the work of Mykl Wells, when the Tucson-based artist consented to be featured in my book, The Art of Cardboard... Read more"

My Name is Mykl Wells

I'm an artist in Tucson Az Many of you know me or are familiar with my work. For those of you who are not  I make my living as painter and sculptor and I do a lot of community arts organization. ( )

You may have attended one of my free community workshops, sat with me on a public art committee Or danced your booty off at my event, The Cardboard Ball.

I love making art, I love creativity, I love inspiring others!
It's what get's me up in the morning and keeps me up a little too late at night.
I also love my community and I do a lot to make it more creative, playful and fun.
Things Like: Free community workshops, artist development workshops, public art panels and events like Cardboard Ball and All Souls Procession.

 Back in 2012 I was invited to the beautiful medieval town of Lucca Italy. It's about 30km North east of Pisa in Tuscany, to compete in an international cardboard sculpture competition, Cartasia, Biennial d'art.

It's not just a competition it's also a month long residency where you work along side other artists to realize your creative vision. Followed by a Month long exposition.

In 2012 I built an 18 foot tall sculpture, Buccanale .

It was a great experience, I made some great friends, got to experience Italy on a very personal level. Best of all I won the grand prize for my work.
It was an incredible honor and I couldn't of done it without the support of my community.

This year I am excited to announce, I've been invited back, not to compete, but as a special guest artist. 
I'm leaving at the begining of July to start work.
Though Cartasia will fly me out, put me up, give me a studio space and all the cardboard and glue I want. They can't pay me.

I will be away from home for two months, that's two months that I'm not making art to sell. Like you I have bills to pay

I need help covering those expenses while I'm in italy. It come to around $2000.

That's not much. I've started this Gofundme campaign, and set the goal at $3000 to cover the gofundme fees, help me along in Italy, (you never know when you might need to run to the hardware store),  and for any unforeseen expenses. I'd hate to leave my partner holding the bag if an unexpected Vet bill came up. The Campaign will run through the time I will be there but time is of the essance. Please contribute sooner than later.

Please give what you can and help spread the word, share the link on social media, tell friends, family and co-workers. Anybody you think might be interested. It won't take many small donations to arrive at this modest goal.

Like last time I'll keep a running journal on Facebook , my website ( ) and maybe twitter & instagram if my Ludite brain can figure them out.

Every two years the Cartasia selection committee decides on a theme for the exhibition, in 2012 the theme was, Crisis and Rebirth, My sculpture Buccanale was based on the idea of a flower bulb, which has to freeze before it can bloom.

This year the Theme is, Borders and Boundaries, And I am developing an exciting project, tentatively entitled: Invaders! The Idea is that a spaceship has crashed in Lucca and a couple of Aliens now find themselves in a strange new land.
The first part is to create a monumental cardboard sculpture/installation of the crash site. The second part is that I am collaborating with performers in Italy who will become the cardboard clad aliens, wandering the city.
It's a big project.
It's a fun project.
I need your help to pull it off.

I'm deeply grateful to live in a community that supports these wacky forays in to the creative world. Let me be something of an ambassador of our creative playful culture, it's gonna be FUN!

"For many years Mykl Wells has been a community arts builder in Tucson, giving his own time to help people create works for the city’s All Souls Procession, and in the process empowering them to find their own creative and expressive voices. People who never thought they had a lick of artistic talent discovered that they too could create meaningful, personal work through Wells’ gentle, nurturing guidance."

Daniel Buckley,
Documentary Filmmaker, Director, Mariachi Miracle ( )

"What a talent Mykl Wells is!  In 2014  Tucson Chinese Cultural Center commissioned him to create a giraffe puppet for its original dance drama Zheng He in the Desert, the story of the Chinese sea captain who sailed from China to Africa before the time of Columbus.  After countless hours of study and design, Mykl produced a soulful life-size puppet of wire and cotton muslin with a metal and wood frame, which comes to life when powered by three humans.  Its neck is completely flexible and bends in greeting or to accept food.  It is beloved by all who see it in motion.  A true work of art that is cherished at TCCC.  I love Mykl's work!"

Robin Blackwood,
Director, History Program, TCCC
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  • Vlad Lujak
    • $50 
    • 8 yrs


Michael Wells
Tucson, AZ

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