Mike Helbing is a sculptor living in Berwyn, Illinois. His sculptures have been featured in museums, galleries, and public spaces across the United States and in Canada. Mike grew up in the Midwest, and for a couple years lived on the east coast in the New York area. Before coming to art, he started with becoming an engineer, attending Purdue University for three years. He then went on a tour of duty with the US Army in Vietnam with the 1st division and 26th infantry in Headquarters Company. This proved to be a life changing experience. He returned in 1970, and spend the next three years studying art at Ball State University in Muncie. After graduation in 1973, the next twelve years he saw work as a waiter, potter, painter, sculptor, factory man, surveyor, sewer inspector, float builder, and government artist. Starting in 1980 he ran an art job shop in Indianapolis. In 1986, he moved to Chicago. In 1991 Mike graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Master in Fine Arts in sculpture. In 1992, he received Fellowship from the State of Illinois Art Council. He continues participating in shows and exhibitions regionally and in Canada.