James Brenner, born in 1960, is a Chicago-based sculptor and Director of Chicago Sculpture Works. After earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, James Brenner moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Masters of Fine Art there in 1997 and continues to make Chicago his home.
Brenner's resume reflects the public nature of his work, with civic commissions placed at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Telford, England; the River Towers pieces, found at the intersection of the north and south branches of the Chicago River; and as close by as the Green Hills Library in Palos Hills, Illinois. Brenner has an interest in engaging the viewer, not just through observation, but through interaction with his sculpture. Brenner’s work ranges from large-scale, interactive steel sculptures to collaborative, site-specific, public art projects to gallery exhibitions. All of these bodies of work ask the viewer not only to observe, but also to engage to become a viewer/participant either in the process of the making or the way the sculpture is experienced.