Born and raised in Nashville, TN
Studio: 695 Future Lane
Murphysboro, IL 62966 USA
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.
"Adventures in Form and Composition" by John Medwedeff, Artist Blacksmith, No 169, British Artist Blacksmith Association, pp. 8-13, Color photos, 2023.
The Solomon Forest Garden: A Tale of Custom Ironwork, Collaboration, and Mules by John Medwedeff, Summer, 2018, numerous color photos, pp. 30-39.
High Spirits in High Places by Joel Darland, UnderMain, UNEARTHING THE REGION’S ARTS AND CULTURE, 2018.
The United States of Art: Illinois John is featured, 2016
"Rhythm, Line & Form, The Sculpture of John .Medwedeff" by James Wallace. Broadside for the solo exhibition of the same name. Gallery 210, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2013.
“Hands of the Artist” Murphysboro Sculpture/Town Center Park (now named Carl Lee Park) Band Shell featured on the A. Zahner Company’s site.
South of 64, “A Weekend in Murphysboro.” Featured in the multimedia documentary produced by the SIU Carbondale College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.
John wrote the forward to "From Fire to Form, Sculpture from the Modern Blacksmith & Metalsmith" by Matthew Clark, Schiffer Publishers, Atglen, Pennsylvania. Numerous color photos, citations.
Peter Elgass, Metall Design International 2006, a yearbook of the Verlag HEPHAISTOS publishing house, Immenstadt Werdenstein, Germany. German/English essay/interview, numerous color photos, pp. 7-34.
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.
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Band Shell at CARL LEE park, Murphysboro, IL, designed by John Medwedeff, built by zahner.
Photo ©Jim Gilbert, 2016, All Rights Reserved.