Morgan Faulds Pike is best known for her Gloucester
Fishermen’s Wives Memorial a twelve foot high bronze and granite sculpture on the
boulevard waterfront in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Morgan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the School for the Arts at Boston University in 1975. Until 1981 she was employed by C. B. Fisk, Inc., Pipe Organ Builders, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as a cabinetmaker, designer draftsman, and sculptor. Self employed since 1981, she has designed and built nearly 40 commissions in wood, bronze, and stone. Her training in human anatomy and the techniques of classical drawing and sculpture has enabled her to design for a wide variety of architectural contexts. She has designed and hand carved sculptural facades for nineteen pipe organs, many of which are monumental in scale. The largest of these commissions, for the forty foot high façade of the C. B. Fisk organ in Alumni Hall, Indiana University Bloomington, involved two years of work and included the carving of life-size male and female figures from solid blocks of walnut wood.
She has created elaborate sculpture in wood for a twenty-foot high baptismal font for the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was noted as the first woman artist to have been commissioned by the Chapel at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Her carved panels are featured on the C. B. Fisk organ in the Minato Mirai concert hall in Yokohama, Japan.
Rain Catcher, dedicated in September 2002, is an integral part of the Dora Efthim Healing Garden at Traditions of Wayland, in Wayland, MA. This monumental granite and water composition incorporates elements from traditional Japanese garden sculpture and Native American spirituality.
Morgan has been commissioned by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Rockport, MA, to design and build a new carved wood reredos altar piece for the chancel. The reredos has just been installed and a dedication service is being planned.
In addition to her commissioned work, Morgan continues to create sculpture at her own discretion, which has become part of a body of work reflecting her personal artistic explorations. She has had one-woman exhibitions at the Museum of Art, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, and at the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts.