John Salvest's mixed-media objects and installations have been presented in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including one-person exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville; and Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. His work has also been shown in many group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including recent shows at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville; The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis; and The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
Salvest is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1991 and 1993 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998, as well as State Arts Council Fellowships from New Jersey and Arkansas. He has recently completed public art projects for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Cannon Center project was cited as one of the country's best public art projects by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network's 2004 Public Art Year in Review.
Salvest has presented lectures and workshops at universities and other institutions throughout the United States. He has also curated several exhibitions, including Kim Levin: Notes & Itineraries, which has traveled internationally to critical acclaim. His work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Sculpture, Art Papers, The New Art Examiner, NUMBER, and ArtLies. Salvest received a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.A. in English literature and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. He lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he is Professor of Sculpture at Arkansas State University.