John Kearney (artist)

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John Kearney (born 1924 died August 10, 2014) was a Chicago- and Provincetown-based American artist famous for making figurative sculptures, often of animals, using multiple, found metal objects, specifically bumpers from automobiles.

Life[edit]

Kearney received his artistic education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. In 1950, he co-founded the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago. Subsequently, he has lived and worked in Italy many times, most notably in Rome in 1963 and 1964 while on a Fulbright Award and again in 1985 and 1992 while serving as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Kearney learned his welding skills as a World War II U.S. Navy sailor while performing underwater repair of naval vessels.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • Fulbright Award to Rome in 1963–64
  • Italian Government Grant in 1963–64
  • Visiting Artists at America Academy in Rome, 1985 and 1992

Collections that own Kearney's work[edit]

  • Aon (Standard Oil Building) in Chicago
  • Detroit Children's Museum
  • Illinois State Capitol Visitors Center, Springfield, Illinois
  • Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois
  • Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kansas
  • Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • New York City at A.C.A. Gallery, 1964 to 1979
  • Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1992 to 1997

Outdoor sculpture[edit]

In Chicago area

Elsewhere

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