BORN: Kearny, NJ Resides: Jonesboro, AR
1983 MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1979 MA, English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1977 BA, Duke University, Durham, NC
2004 Public Art Network's 2004 Public Art Year in Review,
Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
2003 Middle East Studies Travel Grant (Tunisia), Arkansas
State University, Jonesboro, AR
2001 Faculty Research Grant, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro,
AR (also 1998, 95)
2000 National Endowment for the Arts Selection Panelist for
1998 Pollock-Krasner Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New
1993 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Sculpture
1992 Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship Award in Sculpture
1991 NEA-Regional Artists Project Grant, Contemporary Art
Center, New Orleans, LA
1988 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award
Fellowship Award, Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2004 Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA
2003 Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, TN
2002 American State Bank, Jonesboro, AR
2001 Memphis/Shelby County Public Library, Memphis, TN
SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITINS/INSTALLATIONS
No Time for Sorrow, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
FLY etc., Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
New Glory, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
John Salvest: TEXTure, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock,
Undercurrent, Rudolph Projects, New York, NY
Undercurrent, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX
John Salvest: Time on His Hands, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix,
Words To Live By, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Busy Hands, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos,
Nothing Endures, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York,
Kindling, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS
Meditation 7.21, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
John Salvest: Recent Work, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston,
Inventory, City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, GA
John Salvest: Sculpture, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
ExtraOrdinary Objects, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
John Salvest: New Work, I Space, Chicago, IL
Black River, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little
Kafka Kaffee Kalendar, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas
The Myth of Sisyphus, Lincoln American Tower, Memphis, TN
Boxes, Coup de Grace Gallery, New York, NY
John Salvest: Recent Work, Memphis Center for Contemporary
Art, Memphis, TN
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Past Imperfect: Future Tense, New Center for Contemporary Art,
A Timely Response, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Au Courant, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown,
Grand Cayman Island
Adelman, Christensen, Salvest, Ubias, Rudolph Projects,
Horizons, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University,
What Business Are You In?, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center,
South X East: Contemporary Southeastern Art, Art Galleries,
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Riverbend Sculpture Biennial, Owensboro Museum of Art,
Sweet Basil, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary, Contemporary Arts
Center, New Orleans, LA. Traveled to
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach,
FL and The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Brown v. Topeka, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile,
Findings, Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans,
Critical Mass, Art Gallery, Texas State University, San Marcos,
Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock,
AR (also 2001, 1999, 97, 96, 95, 94, 92)
Harper College National Art Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine,
Public Art Projects: The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts,
Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Peeler Art Center,
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Side By Side, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Snapshot, Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT
Bree-koh-lahzh, Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX
MOAK 2002, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints, New Jersey State Museum,
Perspectives, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Daily Life, Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX
All About Paint, University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis,
New American Talent 17, Jones Center for Contemporary Art,
Red Clay Survey of Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville
Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
27th Juried Exhibition, Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown,
Texas National, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches,
Big Muddy: Too Thick to Drink, Too Thin to Plow, Zolla-Lieberman
Gallery, Chicago, IL
Southeastern Triennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
3 Divided by 2, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas,
The Other Book, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland,
New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans,
MAX:98, University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis, TN
Imaginary Friend, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York, NY
Found, Ledbetter Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
Ticking, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
Art of the Multiple, Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN
Obsessions, SPACES Contemporary Art Center, Cleveland, OH
X Marks the Spot, University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis,
New American Talent 13, Jones Center for Contemporary Art,
Southeastern Triennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
LaGrange National, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA
Tree as Icon, Ledbetter Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
New American Talent 12, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Tijd Tekens (Marking Time), Gallery Quartair, The Hague,
Seven Deadly Sins, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Galleries, Little Rock, AR
John Salvest & Les Christensen, Clough-Hansen Gallery,
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Little Things, Art in General, New York, NY
Self-Possessed, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Southern Invitational, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Multiples, Cooper Street Gallery, Memphis, TN
National Showcase Exhibition, Alternative Museum, New York,
Contacts/Proofs, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Windows of the Dream, Exhibition of Temporary Public Art
Projects, Memphis, TN
Brooks Biennial, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Assemblage, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem,
New Jersey Arts Annual, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
The Sleeping Beauty, CB's 313 Gallery, New York, NY
National Sculpture Exhibition, DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand,
New Jersey Artists Series, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
Sculpture Invitational, Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Arkansas Arts Center,
Little Rock, AR
Selections, Artists Space, New York, NY
Multiples, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
New Life, Coup de Grace Gallery, New York, NY
Revelations, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark,
Anthes, Bill. “John Salvest: TEXTure,”
Art Papers, September/October 2002, p. 37.
Anthes, Bill. “The Hidden Significance
of a Clothespin,” NUMBER: 44, Spring 2003, pp. 13-14.
Bookhardt, D. Eric. “Found and Lost,”
New Orleans Gambit Weekly, 9 November 2004, p. 36.
Baker, R. C. “Best in Show,” The
Village Voice, 7-13 June 2006, p. 83.
Baker, R. C. “Spring Arts Review,”
The Village Voice, 8-14 March 2006, p. 84.
Connors, Thomas. Review, Sculpture, January/February
1994, p. 54.
Duffy, Robert. “A Study in Contrasting Sensibilities,” St.
Louis Post-Dispatch, 9 February 1997, pp. C4 & 7.
Dugan, Cory. “Art Infinitum,” Memphis Flyer, 19
February 1998, pp. 33 & 35.
Dugan, Cory. “Playful Sculpture Brings Public & Private
Spaces Together,” Memphis Commercial Appeal,
7 March 2004, pp. F1 & 4.
Falkowski, Andrew. “Big Muddy: Too Thick to Drink, Too Thin
to Plow,” New Art Examiner, October 1999, p. 44.
Feaster, Felicia. Inventory: John Salvest & Michael
Banicki. Atlanta, Georgia: City Gallery at Chastain, 1996.
Feaster, Felicia. “There’s No Business Like Show Business,”
Creative Loafing Atlanta, 17 February 2005, p. 47.
Fox, Catherine. “Doing Business,” Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, 20 February 2005, p. L10.
French, Christopher. “John Salvest: Undercurrent,” ArtLies,
Summer 2000, p. 74.
Hall, David. “Kim Levin:
Itineraries,” Art Papers, March/April 2004, p. 43.
Irvine, Madeline. Review, Austin American-Statesman,
10 June 1996, p. E8.
Johnson, Ken. “Postcards from Cutting Edge of Downtown’s Art
Scene,” New York Times, 18 January 2006, p. E3.
Johnson, Patricia. “Emotion, Hidden Issues Come Forward in
Show,” Houston Chronicle, 6 June 2000, p. D1.
Kessinger, Jeff. "Interview with John Salvest," SECAC
Review, Vol. 12., No. 1, 1991, pp. 27-32.
Kotik, Charlotta. 1998 New Orleans Triennial. New
Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1998.
Lennie, Janaki. “Bree-koh-lahzh,”
ArtLies, Fall 2002, pp. 82-83.
Levin, Kim. John Salvest: Time on
His Hands. Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Art Museum, 1999.
Linn, John. “John Salvest: Black
River,” Art Papers, May/June 1993, p. 40.
McCarthy, David. "John Salvest," New Art Examiner, May
1994, pp. 50-51.
McGowan, Robert. Review, Art Papers, May/June 1994,
Melkisethian, Angela. “Commissions: Cannon Center for the
Performing Arts,” Sculpture, July/August 2004,
Morgan, Cynthia & D. McCarthy. Tijd Tekens. The Hague,
The Netherlands: Galerie Quartair, 1995.
Plante, Michael. “Southern Discomfort,” Art in America,
March 1999, pp.67-69.
Reeve, Charles. “Clashes of Civilization,” ArtLies,
Winter 2005, p. 40.
Rubin, David. Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary.
New Orleans, LA: Contemporary Arts Center, 2004.
Rubinstein, Raphael. “Critic’s Beat,” Art in America,
March 2006, p. 55.
Salvest, John et al. Composition Book. Salina, Kansas:
Salina Art Center, 1995.
Steiner, Urs. “Rollenstauch (Role Reversal),” Neue
Zurcher Zeitung, 23 June 2006, p. 44.
Storr, Robert. New American Talent 13. Austin, Texas:
Texas Fine Arts Association, 1997.
Trieschmann, Werner. “Junk Jewels,”
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 28 April 2002, pp. E1-2
Weeden, John. “MAX: 98 Review,”
NUMBER: 35, Fall 1998, p.17.
Wilbur, Debra. "Studio
View: John Salvest," New Art Examiner, March 1998, p. 47.