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John Medwedeff


Born and raised in Nashville, TN

Studio: 695 Future Lane

Murphysboro, IL 62966 USA

618 521.7429

Recent Public Art Commissions


2023  Monumental steel & light sculpture commissioned for the campus of Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL. In progress.

Chromosphere, a monumental bronze sculpture commissioned for a residence in Atlanta, GA.

PGA Championship Trophy. Bronze sculptural trophies for the FedEx PGA golf tournament and tour.

2022  Crescendo, a monumental COR-TEN sculpture for The Sound at Pennington Bend, Nashville, TN.

2021  Azimuth, a monumental steel sculpture for the grounds of Ogden Honors College at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Velocity, a monumental steel sculpture for the SIU Carbondale Transportation Education Center.

2020  Paragon, a stainless steel sculpture for Tavira at Bonita Bay, FL, a luxury residential community.

2019  Starboard, a monumental COR-TEN sculpture for Joliet Community College in Joliet, IL.

Forever Saluki, a monumental commission comprising three running Salukis representing the past, present, and future, SIUC Alumni Association, Carbondale, IL,

2018  Aquila, a steel sculpture for a residence in New York, NY.

Exuberance! A monumental, suspended glass, aluminum, and polycarbonate sculpture (collaboration with Erica Strecker), University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Lexington, KY.

2017  Stoke, Arts in Culture Alliance State St. International Competition, Knoxville, TN.

Forged steel sculpture and custom cast bronze plaques, Community Prayer Garden, Herrin, IL.

Nucleus, a monumental COR-TEN sculpture for Terra House, Nashville, TN. 

Emergence, a bronze sculpture for Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2014  Aperture, a monumental steel sculpture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Confluence, a monumental steel sculpture for Taylor Flats, a residential & commercial development in downtown Nashville, TN.

Apex, a monumental bronze, sculptural fountain commissioned by the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. 

2011  Voyage, a monumental bronze sculpture for SAS Institute Inc, Cary, NC

Carl Lee Park Fountain, Sculptural Band Shell & Greenspace. A city park that incorporates a monumental, stainless steel sculptural band shell, amphitheater, bronze fountain and native gardens adjacent to the Sallie Logan Library, Murphysboro, IL.


Selected Private Commissions


2022. Farmhouse Railings and Ornamental Ironwork, an ongoing commission of work for a residence in Walsh, IL.

2019  Pelican Gate, forged and fabricated bronze, residential commission, Sea Island, GA.

2014-2019  Solomon Garden Railing, forged steel. An ongoing, residential forest garden commission that includes design & construction of sculptural railings, lighting, Knoxville, TN.

2013  Auxier Grand Stair Railing, forged & fabricated steel, residential commission, Murphysboro, IL.

2011  Sparling, forged & fabricated bronze sculpture, residential commission, Marion, IL.

2009  Lieber Fountain, forged & fabricated bronze sculptural fountain, residential commission, St. Louis, MO.

2007  Manchester Grand Stair Railing, forged and fabricated bronze, three-flight stair railing, residential commission with no repeating patterns, Manchester-By-The-Sea,  MA.        



Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions


2023  16th Annual Blacksmithing Exhibition, Kokol Gallery, Toe River Arts, Spruce Pine, NC, April 12-30.

2018  MSA Select, Arts and Culture Alliance, The Emporium Center. Elizabeth Turk, juror, Knoxville, TN.

2017  Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. November 10, 2017 - April 08, 2018.

2015  Prow, this forged steel sculpture has found a permanent home at Central Washington University after being on loan for a year at the Knoxville Botanical Garden, Knoxville, TN. Prow has also been exhibited at Raw Space, SOFA Chicago.

2013  Rhythm, Line & Form, The Sculpture of John Medwedeff, Gallery 210, University of Missouri St. Louis.

2012  Iron Twenty Ten, A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Blacksmithing. A touring exhibition.

2010  Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2009  John Medwedeff, Sculptor+Metalsmith, University Museum, SIU Carbondale.

2007  Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum, Des Plains, IL.



Selected Bibliography






1991  MFA  SIU Carbondale

1986  BFA   SIU Carbondale  

1982-1985  Apprentice of James Wallace

1983-1985  University of Memphis

1980-1982  Memphis Academy of Art

                     University School of Nashville

Teaching/ Public Lectures /Conservation/Residencies

  • 2023  Invited Artist, Hawai'i Artist Collaboration, Kailua Kona, HI, October 23-28. Also in residence at the 2022 Collaboration October 24-29.
  • 2022  Blacksmithing as Sculpture class, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN, May 27-29
  • 2018  Fundamentals of Blacksmithing: The Magnificent 7, Tennessee Tech University, Smithville, TN, May 18-20

  • 2016  Slide presentation, Seattle Metals Guild Symposium, Seattle, WA  |  Master Artist Workshop, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, October 17-20

  • 2015  Restoration of the J. L. Mott fountain, a gift from the class of 1889 in the Lewis & Clark College Monticello Sculpture Gardens, Godfrey, IL.

  • 2013  Master Blacksmith at Fire On the Mountain, Spruce Pine, NC and Penland School of Crafts.

  • 2012  Blacksmithing Class, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

  • 2010  June 13, Demonstrator, Illinois Valley Blacksmiths’ Association, Pontiac, IL.

  • 2008  May 23-25, Lecture and demo: "The Magnificent Seven," Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

  • 2007  June 13, "Do’s and Don’ts of Public Art Competition,” slide lecture and presentation, Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, Memphis, TN. 


If you would like a PDF of the

9 page CV, please request it

through the contact page.

Band Shell at CARL LEE park, Murphysboro, IL, designed by John Medwedeff, built by zahner.

Photo ©Jim Gilbert, 2016, All Rights Reserved.

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