John Rhoden

John W. Rhoden (March 13, 1918 - January 4, 2001) was an American sculptor from Birmingham, Alabama.[1] Rhoden moved to New York in 1938, where he began studying with Richmond Barthé.[2] Rhoden worked in wood and bronze, and created a number of commissioned works including Untitled (Family) at Harlem Hospital Center;[3] Mitochondria at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan; Curved Wal at the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Zodiacal Structure at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia; and a sculpture of Frederick Douglass at Lincoln University.[1]

John W. Rhoden
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Born(1916-03-13)March 13, 1916
DiedJanuary 4, 2001(2001-01-04) (aged 82)
Queens, New York, U.S.
EducationTalladega College, Columbia University, American Academy in Rome
Known forSculpture


Rhoden served in World War II, studied at the School of Painting and Sculpture at Columbia University, and was named a Fulbright Fellow in 1951.[1] He won a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1952. In 1956, he was a member of an artists delegation that visited the Soviet Union, Poland and Yugoslavia under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.[4] His works have been displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.[1] At Columbia University, he studied under William Zorach, Oronzio Maldarelli and Hugo Robus.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d "John Rhoden, 82, Sculptor of Public Art" at (Accessed May 8, 2010.)
  2. ^ Exhibition Catalogue: John Rhoden: Sculpture. Gallery 62, New York, NY 1982. Evans-Tibbs Collection, Artist file: Rhoden, John. National Gallery of Art Library, Washington D.C.
  3. ^ Rose, Derek. "Crafting a Big Tribute: Sculptor John Rhoden recalled as art genius" New York Daily News (February 23, 2001)
  4. ^ Exhibition Catalogue: Sculptures of John W. Rhoden. Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 1971. Evans-Tibbs Collection, Artist file: Rhoden, John. National Gallery of Art Library, Washington D.C.
  5. ^ "CRAFTING A BIG TRIBUTE, Sculptor John Rhoden recalled as art genius" Archived 2011-01-09 at the Wayback Machine at (Accessed May 9, 2010.)

Further reading

  • Appelhof, Ruth Ann. Sculpture by John Rhoden. Birmingham Museum of Art, 1984. ISBN B00071Z3B8
  • "Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled At Lincoln Univ." "Jet Magazine", November 20, 1989.

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