John Henry is known worldwide for his large-scale public works of art. His works grace numerous important museum, 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.
Mr. Henry attended the University of Kentucky where he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts in 1996, the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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.
Other recent honor's 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.
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, "OPEN 2006" in Venice, Italy and the Vancouver Biennale in British Columbia. Currently, the exhibition "American Sculptors in the Shadow of the Alps", curated by Mr. Henry is installed at Art St. Urban, Switzerland.
Mr. Henry's upcoming large scale exhibitions include "OPEN 2007" in Venice, Italy (fall 2007) and "The Peninsula Project: A Study In Scale", an exposition that will feature monumental works in various major cities throughout the State of Florida beginning in 2008.
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.