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John Henry, Sculptor

John Henry

Lexington sculptor John Henry was the 2002 recipient of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts National Award, which honors a Kentucky son or daughter who has achieved national acclaim. A graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington (where he is a member of the school Hall of Fame) and a former student at the University of Kentucky, John went on to the Art Institute of Chicago, where he launched a career that has earned him an international reputation as an innovative and highly prolific sculptor with a unique vision and style. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his work has become a part of major private, public, and museum collections around the world. In the fall of 2002, he mounted a “New Monuments” exhibition in St. Louis that included his largest work to date, Tatlin’s Sentinel at 101' high.

In addition to his national and international artistic accomplishments, John has served as chairman of the board of directors for the International Sculpture Center, which publishes Sculpture magazine and promotes the art form throughout the world. He also is co-chair of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, an organization that supports and encourages talented young American artists and provides the pool from which the Presidential Scholars in the Arts are chosen. John is also a steadfast supporter of sculptors and students in his home state of Kentucky.

John holds an honorary doctorate from UK. He has had winter and summer studios in Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Kentucky but has recently consolidated operations in Chattanooga, TN, where he is a distinguished professor of sculpture at Chattanooga State College and the founding curator of the school’s new Outdoor Museum of Art.

Program 535

Late Lexington artist Shirley Mason, subject of the best-selling book Sybil; sculptor John Henry, recipient of a 2002 Governor’s Award in the Arts; and the music of Wayne Young and band. (#535)


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