MISCHELL RILEY & Wrecking House

MISCHELL RILEY & Wrecking House

Freedom (Carson City, NV)

“I strive to create art that speaks of humanity and nature. My works are designed to tell a story, to capture joy, passion, and underlying emotion.

Many of my figurative sculptures are historic representations of noted Americans. Others are images of people in profound circumstances. A number are life or larger than life, designed for the beautification of public places.

My love of creatures small and large has given rise to a portfolio of wildlife sculptures, capturing the spirit and beauty of the animal form.

For me, sculpting is a celebration of life, a transcendence into the physicality of the object that I am creating. It is my passion, the very essence of who I am.”


I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in Colorado, and have been making Nevada my home since 1992. I was a two time Junior Olympics Gold Medalist in the High Jump and entered College with seven scholarships in track and two scholarships in art. I was a six-time All-American and qualified for the United States Olympic Team, but failed to participate due to injuries. The motivation, dedication and discipline I developed as an athlete I have maintained and relied on in my art.

In 2007, I was recruited by Bert Effing, producer of “The Joy of Painting” and Bob Ross’s former agent, to develop a program that would introduce sculpting to television. A pilot for the show has been aired in Berlin and Holland; development is continuing for future broadcast on PBS in North America, Europe and national television in China.

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Standing at 11 feet, Freedom is a larger than life sized female abstract bust. She is made from various metals, acid stain cement and custom glass. [MORE]

This sculpture uses the same sculpture technique as the DaVinci sculpture approved by Burning Man for this year’s event. Mischell wants to make Burning man sculpture art accessible to the Reno community and beyond.