Sculptor and Owner
Washington State University just completed a renovation of our own football stadium. To celebrate the renovation, we wanted to commission an artist to produce a “life-like” bronze representation of a cougar, which is our mascot. We completed an exhaustive nation- wide search to find an artist who could emulate and invoke the emotions of being a “WSU Cougar” to all of our students and alumni. During this process, it became evident that Mike and Chet Fields were “top of the class” in this regard and thus commissioned them to complete this very important project. The Fields’ are internationally renowned with examples of their work displayed throughout the world.
Mike and Chet exceeded our expectations with the creation of “Cougar Pride”. The statue is located in our plaza adjacent to the stadium and has become the most prominent gathering place for our alumni and students. The project came in under budget, on time and the product was simply outstanding. As important, the Fields’ were extremely professional, attentive to detail and a joy to work with. They spent hundreds of hours researching to make sure that they captured the exact look and feel that we envisioned in our bronze sculpture.
The Fields’ also created a way for “Cougar Pride” to continue to give back to WSU with the creation and sale of the replicas of the monument. The sale of the replicas has proved to be extremely successful and has further ingrained the “Cougar Pride” monument in hearts and souls of our fans, as well as, generated much needed revenue for our program.
Again, it is without hesitation that I would like to recommend Mike and Chet Fields as the artists for your project. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you would like to discuss their work in greater detail.
John Johnson Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Thanks for this opportunity to recommend your services. As the donor of our Cougar Pride monument at Washington State University I am pleased to assure the organization that you were the perfect fit for our stadium project.
The result of the 14′ Cougar mascot installation at WSU has been monumental in its own right. The stadium entry plaza within which our new Cougar is located has not only become the front door of the stadium, but is a new center of pride and interest for our Cougar nation. Your bronze is now clearly the most photographed feature on our campus and is becoming an amazing new icon for our university.
We were pleased with the incredible quality of the work and the timeliness within which you were able to deliver. Our committee understood that we were expecting a lot in a relatively short time. We were pleased that you met every deadline that we required of you. Our search for artists was national in nature and we were simply fortunate that you live close to our campus. That is not why you were selected. The quality and timelessness of your body of work made our decision unanimous. Out entire university family is very proud of the result of your efforts. As the graduate who funded the effort I could not have been more pleased.
I am confident that any member of our project team would be happy to chat about the project. Everyone involved is proud to have been a part of the great result.
Gary Schneidmiller, Broker Owner
It is with great enthusiasm that I write a recommendation for Chet and Mike Fields. I have had the privilege of owning several of the Fields pieces. The grandest being the 12′ Eagle “Attack Monument”. This is without a doubt a magnificent piece.
Working with Chet and Mike has been a pleasure for me and my staff. Their attention to detail went beyond our greatest expectations. The time and dedication they spent working on the monument, polishing from early morning to late evening just to meet their own requirements and making…
…sure it was set perfectly showed me an incredible work ethic and a personal pride that radiates in their art! Our Eagle is set high above Possum Kingdom Lake and has been enjoyed by people visiting and living all
around this lake.
If you are considering working with Chester and Mike Fields I am confident you will be as pleased with their art as you will be with their personal character…
Kenneth A. Hill
PDX, Inc. and Kenneth A. Hill Investment Group, Inc.
Chairman of the Board
As chancellor of Johnson & Wales University, First Lady Kathleen Harney and I have had the privilege of working with artist Mike Fields over the past year. The university commissioned Mike to create a statue of a wildcat, the university’s mascot, to be installed at all four of our campuses. Mike is an incredibly determined and focused artist, and his dedication to his passion and career has resulted in a stunning bronze sculpture that has reached far beyond what we imagined.
Not only is Mike a talented artist, he possesses business skills that have endeared him to those at the university who have joined us in the Wildcat statue project. In particular, Mike:
• Has an incredible eye for detail, not just aesthetically, but from a business perspective as well;
• Met deadlines quite easily;
• Communicated well and consistently;
• Displayed a high level of professionalism throughout the project;
• Treated every JWU employee with whom he worked with respect and patience; and
• Created a high-quality, stunning product that is admired by everyone on our campus.
Mike is unique as he is extraordinarily creative and talented artistically, yet he understands client relationsand efficiency. From the very beginning, we knew Mike was the right choice as he listened, questioned us and worked hard to fully grasp our vision. As a result, he was infinitely successful in capturing our wants and needs in the Wildcat. It is without a doubt that this Wildcat is ours – the result of a true team effort between Mike and the university.
In our current strategic plan – 2017: The Centennial Plan – Johnson & Wales University has expressed our commitment to enhancing the experience of our students, from investing more in our athletics programs to ramping up our “school spirit.” In the short time the Wildcat has been installed at our Providence Campus, it has already created an incredible buzz amongst our students, faculty and staff, who are truly excited by its presence. We look forward to continuing our work with Mike to place the remaining sculptures on our other campuses, and would highly recommend him to others looking for an artist who can understand and effectively translate the needs and desires of others.
John J. Bowenn ’77
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