About Tad McKillop
Tad McKillop was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1965. He was interested in making art and pretty much all things mechanical since early childhood. In 1985, he began studying figurative sculpture at the University of Michigan and found his passion not only for creating the figure but also the entire casting process. It seemed a natural combination of the two things he loved the most, art and creative problem solving involving tools and construction.
Upon graduating in 1988, he apprenticed for Louis Marinaro and continued to learn more about the process and the daily operation of a sculptor's studio.
Tad received his MFA in 1992 from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art. Upon graduating he and two business partners opened Daedalus Art Foundry, where he worked until 2000. He then built his own foundry and has continued to expand it, now housed in a 1,800 square foot building and capable of pouring 300 lbs of bronze.
Tad has taught sculpture, life drawing and design at the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Washtenaw Community College and Hillsdale College, and continues to pursue teaching part-time. He continues to seek private and public commissions and completed four monumental commissions between 1999 and 2007.
In Tad's studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, there are always many projects in process at any given time. He enjoys modifying and restoring motorcycles, playing guitar, and traveling with his wife Jenny and daughters Maggie and Fiona.