J. Michael Carrigan
Founder /
Principal Consultant

SACRED SPACES LLC is a liturgical consulting & design company based in Alexandria, VA. In addition to our consulting and design services, we offer assistance in master planning, parish educational services, fabrication and installation of statuary and liturgical furniture; as well as appraising and removal of sacred works of art from closing churches.

Our artistic expertise covers a full range of disciplines to include marble furniture and flooring; marble, wood, and fiberglass statuary; various forms of artwork -murals, mosaic, stenciling, gold leaf gilding/detailing; and stained glass design.

SACRED SPACES was founded by J. Michael Carrigan in 2004. Mr. Carrigan received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Benedictine College and continued his studies at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, where he majored in painting and interior design. At the University of Maryland he completed additional course work in AutoCAD design, and at Northern Virginia Community College he completed advance course work in Western, Chinese and Japanese art history.

Beginning his career with the Hallmark Corporation, Mr. Carrigan designed a series of both Folk Art and Fine Art exhibitions, many of which traveled to New York and across the country. After three years with the Hallmark company, Mr. Carrigan was hired by the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, where, for 38 years he held a number of executive positions, including: Director of Design and Installation for the National Portrait Gallery, Director of Exhibitions and Public Spaces for the National Museum of American History and Founding Director of the National Program of Smithsonian Affiliations. He also directed the Smithsonian’s 150th Anniversary traveling exhibition, “America’s Smithsonian”. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Carrigan also served as the Exhibits’ Officer for the Library of Congress initiating the restoration of the original library building and opening the ‘James Madison Building’.

During his career he designed more than 500 exhibitions. He is considered an expert in the fields of restoration, conservation and public space design.

In April, 2004, after several years of associative work in liturgical design, Mr. Carrigan retired from the Smithsonian to pursue his interest in this field on a full time basis. Gathering a group of designers, artists and craftspeople from across the globe, he formed Sacred Spaces Liturgical Design Inc. With the main offices and design studios located in Alexandria, VA, he also opened offices in Italy, Poland, and Spain in order to be able to access artists and craftsmen trained in the Renaissance Arts.

In January 2013, Mr. Carrigan and John Grosvenor joined as partners and formed Sacred Spaces LLC.

Our contact information:

1 Wales Alley, Suite 200
Alexandria, Virginia USA 22314


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