Mimi Sammis believes that art depicting love and joy has a positive effect on its viewers, and her work is full of joy, creativity and the appreciation of nature. Her artwork brings peace to those who view it, and this brings Mimi closer to accomplishing her goal of inspiring peace in the world.
The 'Tsunami of Love' is one of Mimi’s latest inspirations. View 'Tsunami of Love' video.
Mimi Sammis began painting landscapes in watercolor. She discovered joy in creating bronze sculptures. Her sculpture pieces range in size from one to twenty-two feet and are exhibited throughout the world. Some of her exhibitions include the United Nations, The Hague, the Arles Museum and the American Embassy in Paris. She has work in many private residences around the world. Mimi has a touching, larger-than-life size sculpture of her five grandchildren that inspires you to love the children.
Mimi’s sculptures are a celebration of life and the human spirit. The influence of Rodin and Degas can be seen in the solidity of her work, yet her sense of balance and movement is unique. Learn more about Mimi’s process and inspiration in the PBS documentary about Mimi called Sculpting Peace.
"Anne Mimi Sammis' sculpture embraces a form of peace, the inherent goodness and readiness of love and acceptance in humankind. Mimi’s art makes us all wish for a continuation of the UN’s mission of peace in every nook and cranny of this world." - Agnes Gund, President of the Museum of Modern Art, New York
"The creative energy that Mimi Sammis finds in the process of bronze casting is reflected in her exuberant yet graceful figurative sculptures. Whether they are dancing with abandon or reaching for the heavens, Sammis's human forms express a freedom of movement that becomes a metaphor for the artist's spiritual convictions." - Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
One Thousand Years of Peace exhibition of 30 bronze sculptures was first shown at the United Nations in 1999, and latter at The Hague, Netherlands.
In the words of Dr. Robert Muller, Chancellor of the United Nations’ University of Peace: “Mimi Sammis’ work celebrates the miracle of life and the great age-old concepts of love, peace, forgiveness, hope and vision which helps humanity on its mysterious journey in the universe”
Mimi Sammis with Queen Elizabeth II to view the sculpture "He Has the Whole World in His Hands", commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to honor Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. The sculpture is on permanent exhibition at Lambeth Palace, London, home of the Anglican Church. The sculpture depicts the Hand of God holding a globe with dancing figures on the top symbolizing youth bringing peace to the world. The piece was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth for her Golden Jubilee.
"Mimi’s most wonderful sculpture expresses so clearly the eternal love of God. The open hand- the tiny globe- the dancing children, depicts the Father’s care and the Father’s heart." - The Archbishop of Canterbury
Mimi Sammis began working with PBS in 2005 when she aired her first series Painting with Mimi. She knows the benefit of the creative process and embraced the opportunity to share her joy in creating art in the 13 episode series, Love to Paint with Mimi in 2009. Her enthusiasm for art and her informal, wise and witty style has earned her the title, the "Julia Child of Painting." Learn more about Mimi's PBS series