Michael Curtis
A sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer, and poet, Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for Creative Studies, and The National Gallery of Art; his pictures and statues are housed in over 400 private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Supreme Court; he has made statues of presidents, generals, Supreme Court Justices, captains of industry and national heroes, including Davey Crockett, General Eisenhower, and Justice Thurgood Marshall; his relief and medals are especially fine, they include, among others, presidents Truman and Reagan, Justice John Marshall, George Washington, and, his History of Texas, containing over one-hundred figures, is the largest American relief sculpture of the 20th Century; his monuments and memorials, buildings and houses, including The New American Home, 2011, are found coast-to-coast; his plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over 30 journals (Trinacria, Society of Classical Poets, Expansive Poetry, et cetera), and his most recent nonfiction books are, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion (available through The Studio Press), and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C. (available through The History Press); Mr. Curtis is the National Civic Art Society’s 2021-2022 Research Scholar.
Penmanship in 5 Steps

Penmanship in 5 Steps

  As office boy I made such a mark That they gave me the post of a junior clerk. I served the writs with a smile so bland, And I copied all the letters in a big round hand. (He copied all the letters in a big round hand.) I copied all the letters in a hand so...

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House Plan #67: The Charlottesville

House Plan #67: The Charlottesville

  Jeffersonian Thomas Jefferson’s influence has been enormous, no less in politics than in architecture: The University of Virginia campus is the model of university architecture and planning from Charlottesville to China; the Virginia State House governs state...

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Thomas Jefferson, Poet

Thomas Jefferson, Poet

  Most schoolgirls, street-people, attorneys, and Bachelors of Art are aware that Thomas Jefferson composed what is likely the most widely-known, oft-repeated sentence of our English language: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created...

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Monticello in Your Pocket

Monticello in Your Pocket

  I suppose you recognize the face upon the American nickel, that five-cent-piece now as rare as the Five-and-Dime.  If you are older than, let us say, “the iPad”, you will remember Thomas Jefferson when he was not a painfully modeled flat-face upon a coin,...

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At Home on the Hill

At Home on the Hill

  Alike the great old oaks, hill-top comfy, rooted deep, offering seeds to the eager, fertile soil are the great old houses, the first houses, the houses of interest and event which by nature seem to spread themselves in variation, as far as the eye can see. ...

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The Bedroom

The Bedroom

  For the most part, looking into bedrooms is not polite … bedrooms, being what they are, people, being what we are, et cetera.  And yet, the bedroom will reveal much worthy of knowing, if we should look into the thing.  Mostly, by looking in we learn that people...

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House Plan #17C: The Rivanna

House Plan #17C: The Rivanna

  Introduction The Jeffersonian style is the creation of our third President, Thomas Jefferson, statesman, political philosopher, author, historian, scientist, planter, an architect who composed verse, an American genius. The Jeffersonian encompasses elements...

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Home Style: Jeffersonian

Home Style: Jeffersonian

  Introduction The Jeffersonian style is the creation of our third President, Thomas Jefferson, statesman, political philosopher, author, historian, scientist, planter, an architect who composed verse, an American genius.  The Jeffersonian encompasses elements...

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