John Weaver (artist)

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John Barney Weaver
John Weaver Piper Richardson statue 2003.jpg
John Weaver with a Piper Richardson statue model, circa 2003
Born (1920-03-28)March 28, 1920
Anaconda, Montana
Died April 10, 2012(2012-04-10) (aged 92)
Silver Creek, BC
Nationality American/Canadian
Education School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Known for Sculptor
Notable work Statue of Charles Marion Russell, in the National Statuary Hall Collection
Wayne Gretzky statue in Edmonton
"The Bullwacker" in Helena, Montana
Awards Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Alberta, 1984.
Alberta Achievement Award, 1977
Rotary Club Blue Ribbon, Clay Modeling, 1929-1931
Patron(s) State of Montana
City of Edmonton
Helena Civic Center Board

John Barney Weaver (March 28, 1920 – April 10, 2012)[1][2] was a sculptor from Anaconda, Montana. He was known for creating a statue of Charles Marion Russell at the National Statuary Hall Collection, and three busts of Chester W. Nimitz for the United States Navy.


John Barney Weaver was born on March 28, 1920 in Anaconda, Montana. He trained under his father, John Bruce "Pop" Weaver, a painter and sculptor. He has a son named Henry, and a daughter named Sara.[3]


Weaver graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1946, where he studied with Albin Polasek and Emil Zettler.[4] He received a teaching position in sculpture and figure drawing at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee where he taught from 1946 to 1951.[4] He was a curator for the Montana Historical Society for five years. He worked as a Natural History Sculptor for the Smithsonian Institution for six years. In 1966, he started working with the Alberta Provincial Museum prior to its opening on December 6, 1967.[5] He became a Canadian citizen in 1973. Weaver died of a heart attack at the age of 92 on April 12, 2013 at his home of many years in Silver Creek, BC. "In bronze his zest for fine art and human achievement can endure for millennia; in our hearts his strength and loving care will endure forever."[2]

Notable works[edit]

Weaver created over 2000 works in his lifetime.


United States[edit]


On March 28, 2010, Weaver's 90th birthday, the House of Representatives and Senate both stopped proceedings to give the sculptor a standing ovation as well as singing happy birthday.[11]



  1. ^ "John Weaver - Biography, vital info and auction records for John Barney (Jack) Weaver". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Obituaries". Hope Standard. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ "City of Chilliwack - John Weaver and his Studio - Piper Richardson - Chilliwack Museum & Archives - Arts & Culture - Community Organizations". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Gilbert, Dorothy B., ‘’Who’s Who in American Art 1962’’, R.R. Bowker Company, New York, 1962 p.639
  5. ^ "Royal Alberta Museum : Visit the Museum : About the Museum : Museum History". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  6. ^ "John Weaver Fine Arts Ltd". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ "City of Chillwack". Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Dorothy B., ‘’Who’s Who in American Art 1962’’, R.R. Bowker Company, New York, 1962
  9. ^ "Charles Marion Russell". 1926-10-24. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Bullwhacker Bronze". Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  11. ^ Klinkenberg, Marty. "Monumental achievements; Scores of Albertans know the work of sculptor John Weaver, who reached his 'pinnacle' in Edmonton", Edmonton Journal, 13 May, 2012.


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