John Medwedeff


Born and raised in Nashville, TN

Studio: 695 Future Lane

Murphysboro, IL 62966 USA

618 5217429

Recent Public Art Commissions


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. 

2015  Monumental steel sculpture commission awarded for the new Transportation Center at SIUC.

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 


Selected Private Commissions


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.

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

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

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 Exhibitions


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
The Solomon Forest Garden: A Tale of Custom Ironwork, Collaboration, and Mules by John Medwedeff, Summer, 2018, numerous color photos, pp. 30-39.






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

  • 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

12 page CV, please request it

through the contact page.

Band Shell at Town Center park, Murphysboro, IL, designed by John Medwedeff, built by zahner.

Photo ©Jim Gilbert, 2016, All Rights Reserved.

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