John Cavanaugh (sculptor)

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John William Cavanaugh, (20 September 1921 in Sycamore, Ohio – 9 January 1985 Washington D.C.) was a sculptor. He worked primarily in lead, a poisonous metal, which is believed to have led to his death from a disease of the lungs.


He graduated from Ohio State University, with a BA in 1945. In 1946, he married Janet Corneille. By the early 1960s, Cavanaugh had developed a lifelong relationship with his partner, Philip Froeder.[1] In 1951, he was won a National Sculpture Society Purchase Prize. In 1957, he moved to New York City. In 1963, he moved to Washington, D.C.[2]


His works have been shown at the National Sculpture Center in New York, and at the National Arts Club in Washington, D.C.. Some of Cavanaugh's pieces have also been presented to the Presidents of Egypt and France, by President Clinton. His work is held by the U.S. National Arboretum.[3]

From 2008 to 2011, a retrospective show "In Search of Motion" traveled to the Saginaw Art Museum,[4] the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts,[5][6] and the Dubuque Museum of Art.[7]


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