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John Henry

John Henry


Sculptor, American, Born 1943

John Henry is known worldwide for his large-scale public works of art. His works grace numerous important museums, corporate, public and private collections as well as the collections of many American cities and states. His works are also prominently exhibited in the public collections of various European and Asian municipalities.

Mr. Henry has shown his work extensively since the early 1960’s and exhibits a definitive trademark style that is recognized internationally. His works range in scale from small tabletop pieces to some of the largest contemporary metal sculptures in the world. His recent exhibitions of works include “New Monuments” at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri, “Back on the Plaza” on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, “Real-Irreal-Surreal”, at Art-St-Urban in St. Urban, Switzerland, “OPEN” in Venice, Italy, and “ODYSSEY” at Purdue North Central University in Westville, Indiana. Currently, he is also a featured artist in the Vancouver Biennale in British Columbia.


Mr. Henry attended the University of Kentucky, University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a Ford Foundation grant, the Edward L Ryerson Fellowship and earned a BFA. He received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 1996. As a visiting professor of sculpture, Mr. Henry taught at University of lowa, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at Chattanooga State College.  In 2002 he received the Governor’s National Award in the Arts from the State of Kentucky and in 2004, the Mayor’s Award of Distinction in the Arts from the City of Chattanooga.  Other recent honors include recognition on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate in 2004 and the 2005 honorary renaming of North Cermak Road “John Henry Way” by the City of Chicago in recognition of his contributions to Public Art on the local and national levels.

As an active participant in promoting the arts Mr. Henry has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts in Chicago, a coordinator and advisor to the City and the Art Institute of Chicago for the "Sculpture in the Parks Exhibition" and as an advisor to the Art Council of Greater New Orleans for the "Super Sculpture New Orleans" Exhibition. Since 1991 he has been on the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, serving as Board member at large, Chairman of the Programs Committee and member of the Executive committee. Since 1996 he has served the Board of the International Sculpture Center in various leadership roles, serving as Chairman for two years through the spring of 2002. Mr. Henry has lectured extensively on the role of art in public places and is known as a strong advocate of all of the arts, not only sculpture. 


Mr. Henry was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include Mark diSuvero, Kenneth Snelson, Lyman Kipp and Charles Ginnever. Mr. Henry continues to curate exhibitions in the United States and in Europe; drawing on his nationally recognized expertise regarding sculptors and their work. He is now the Curator of the Outdoor Museum of Art at Chattanooga State College, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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1996  Honorary Doctor of Arts, University of Kentucky
1968-69  University of Chicago
1967  Illinois Institute of Technology
1966-69  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, B.F.A.
1962  University of Washington
1961-65  University of Kentucky


1969 University of Iowa, Iowa City  1970 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay  1971 University of Chicago  1979-80 School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2000  "John Henry in Hanover", KO 24 Gallery, Hanover, Germany, May 2000         
           "John Henry" Hunter Museum of American Art,  Chattanooga, TN, June, 2000        "Wandering Spirit", Centro Espositivo Chiesa   S. Agostino, Panicale, Italy, Sept, 2000
2001  "Wandering Spirit", University of Camerino,   Camerino, Italy, January 2001            "Wandering Spirit", Gulf Coast Museum, Largo, FL

           “New Works” T. Curtsnoc Fine Arts, Miami, FL
2002  “New Monuments”, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
2003  “Selected Works” Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY       
           “Back on the Plaza” Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
           “Steel”, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
            Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, FL
2004  Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL        
           “John Henry in the Desert”, Featured Artist 2004-2005 Season, Buschlen Mowatt  
          Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2007  ”John Henry Sculpture: Solo Exhibition”, Broadbent, London, UK

2008  "Drawing in Space: The Peninsula Project", Florida, USA Venues:
                 Star Pointer, Sarasota Bayfront Park, Sarasota, FL
                 Quark, Doug Burnett Park, Tallahassee, FL Chevron,
                  Loch Haven Park, Orlando, FL
                  Big Max, MacDill Park, Tampa, FL
                  Meridian, Boca Raton Museum of Art School, Boca Raton, FL
                  Je Souhaite, Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL
                  Monuments Around the World, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
                  Inside the Sculptor’s Studio, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL
                  Peninsula Project Illustrated, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
                  Peninsula Project Illustrated, Miami Beach Regional Library, Miami Beach, FL
                  Made for Space- Wandering Spirit, Selby Gallery South, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
                  Five Decades of Sculpture: A Retrospective, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
                  American Monuments, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL 

2009  "Metal Geometric Sculpture of John Henry", San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, TX

2011  "Structures at Appropriate Scale", Sonja Roesch Gallery, Houston, TX,
          "Poetic Builder", Flomenhaft Gallery, NY,
         "Silo Point, Baltimore, Md. 



2000 – 2001 
              "Sculpture 2000" June, 2000, Robert McClain & Co.,  Houston, TX
              "Blickachsen III", May, 2001, Bad Homburg, Germany                                             
              “John Henry & Jae Hahn”, December 2001, Gallery Seo Hwa, Seoul, Korea
              “Sculpture Symposium and Exhibtion”, Schwerein, Wiligrad, Germany
              “Chicago Sculpture”, Chicago, IL December 

              “Annual Members Exhibition”, Century Association, NYC 2005 
              “Art Expo Chicago”, Thomas McCormick Gallery (Chicago, IL)& Millenia 
              Gallery (Orlando, FL)
              “Members Survey”, Century Association, NYC           
              “Inaugural Exhibition”, Nader Collection/Gary Nader             
               Fine Arts, Miami, FL, December  

              “Vancouver Biennale”, Featured Artist, Vancouver BC 2006 
              “OPEN Exhibition”, Venice, Italy, August- October 2006          
              “From Maquette to Model”, Century Association, NYC          
              “3-D Discovery”, Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, IN          
              “Odyssey Exhibition”, Purdue North Central University, Westville, IN
              “Real-Irreal-Surreal”, Art St. Urban, Lucerne, Switzerland          
              “Art Basel Miami”, Gary Nader Gallery, Miami, FL
              “Morgan Stanley Exhibition”, West Indiana Office, IN          
              ”Masters in Sculpture”, The Sculpture Park, Gary Nader Gallery, Miami, FL
              “Sculpture/Drawing Show:  Willard Boepple, Charles Ginnever and John Henry”, 
               Broadbent, London, UK
              “Masters in Sculpture: Atchugarry, Botero, Cárdenas, Chia, De Stables, Di Suvero, 
               Henry,  Lichtenstein,  Stella, Tamayo”, Nader Sculpture Park, Miami, FL
             “Sculpture/ Drawing Show:  Willard Boepple,  Charles Ginnever, & John     
              Henry”, Broadbent, London, UK
              Annual Exhibition, Century Association, NY, NY “Vancouver Biennale (2005-2007),   
              Vancouver, BC “Art Moves on Main”, Lyndhurst Foundation, Chattanooga, TN
             “In the Shadow of the Alps” American Sculptors at Art St. Urban, Switzerland
              OPEN 2007, Lido di Venezia, Italy
             "Sarasota Season of Sculpture", Sarasota, FL 

             "Member’s Exhibition", Century Association, New York, NY Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
            "Toronto Art Fair", Broadbent Gallery, London, UK London Art Fair, Broadbent Galelry, London, UK
             "Art Miami", Miami, FL, Thomas McCormick, Chicago, IL Red Dot, Seth Beitler Fine Arts, Miami, FL

             "Sculpture and Photography Exhibition", Century Association, New York, NY
             "Sculpture for New Orleans", New Orleans, LA

             "Structures", Miami, FL
             "Professional Sculpture and Photography Exhibition", Century Association, New York, NY
             "Sculpture for New Orleans", New Orleans, LA
             "83rd Exhibition of Artist Members", The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
             "Sculpture By The Sea", Cottlesoe, Australia
             "Encounters", Governors Island, NY
             "Arthamptons, Sayre Park", Bridgehampton, NY
             "Sculpt Miami", Miami, Florida

            "84th Exhibition of Artist Members", Arts Club of Chicago
             "Annual Professional Sculptors Exhibition", New York
             "Sarasota Season of Sculpture, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

           "American Sculpture in the Tropics", Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

           "Engineered Art – An International Sculpture Exhibit at Georgia Tech", Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 


Ford Foundation Educational Grant School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Edward L Ryerson Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago
National Endowment for the Arts Works of Art in Public Places Commission, Governors State University, University Park, IL 
1975  National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant
          National Endowment for the Arts Funded, Mint Museum of Art, Purchase of "Sun
          Target", Charlotte, NC
1982  National Endowment for the Arts Works of Art in Public Places, matching grant with
          Iowa Beef Processors commission for Sioux City, IA
          Dade County Art in Public Places South Miami Metro rail Station "Paciencia", South
          Miami, FL
1985  Alaska State Council on the Arts Commission for Anchorage Intn’l Airport
          Anchorage, AK
1985  State of Illinois Capital Development Board Commission Central Atrium- State of
          Illinois Center Chicago, IL
1987  Temple Beth Am, South Miami, FL 1988  Florida Art In State Buildings, FL Arts Councils
          University of FL, "Alachua", Gainesville, FL 
1989  FL Art In State Buildings Board of Regents FL Arts Council, FL State and Florida A & M
          University, Joint Engineering School, "Journey to the Mountain Shire", Tallahassee, FL
1990  Florida Individual Artists Fellowship 
1991  Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, "Dance of the Sun", Kyongju City, Korea
1994  Grove Isle Club and Resort, "Gateway", Coconut Grove, FL
1994  American Bankers Life Insurance Group, "New Directions", Miami, FL
1995  Coopers & Lybrand, Miami, FL 1997  United Capital Corp., Great Neck, NY 
1999  Park Place Office Park, Napierville, Illinois 2000  "Symphony in Red" Commissioned by
          Toto Lotto Foundation, Lower Saxony, gift to the City of Hanover, Germany for the    
          "Kunst Mile", Installed May
2002   Governor’s National Award in the Arts, Commonwealth of Kentucky
2004   Mayor’s Award of Distinction in the Arts, Chattanooga, TN
2005   Honor by the Tennessee State Senate with recognition on the floor of the Senate,
           Nashville, TN
2005   Distinguished Alumni Award University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts 2005 “John
           Henry Way” – Honorary renaming of North Cermak Road, Chicago, IL


Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, ColoradoBluff View Art District Sculpture Garden, TN  The Brillembourg Collection, Boca Raton, Florida
British Museum, London, England
Broward County, Florida
Cella Museum, Cella, Germany
Center for the Fine Arts, Vero Beach, FL Central Florida University Art Museum, FL
City of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
City of East Chicago, Illinois
City of Englewood, CO
City of Eschborn, Germany
City of Hanover, Kunst Mile, Hanover, Germany
City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
City of Rockford, Illinois 
City of Shenzhen, China
City of Sioux City, Iowa
Dade County, Miami, Florida
Dallas Museum, Dallas, Texas
Florida Atlantic University Sculpture Collection
Florida Gulf Coast Museum, Lakeland, FL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Fort Worth Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
The Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Iowa State University Museums, Iowa Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Kass/Meridian Gallery, Chicago, IL
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C
Martin Z Margulies Sculpture Park, Miami, FL
Miami Dade College Miami, Florida (Milwaukee Art Museum) Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Park Forest, IL
Northwestern University Law School, Chicago IL
Oklahama City Museum, Oklahoma City, OK 
The Polk Art Museum, Lakeland, FL
Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL
Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Lincoln, NE
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Sonje Museum Contemporary Art, Kyongju City, Korea
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
St. Petersburg Art Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
State of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
State of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
State of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois
Stein Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, IL
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Wiligrad Sculpture Park, Wiligrad, Germany