Jerry Peart is an Ashland-based sculptor who creates flowing, abstract pieces with fabricated and painted aluminum to add color, grace and excitement to public spaces. His large scale sculptures are on display in more than 35 locations across the United States and in Korea.
Born in Winslow, Arizona in 1948, Jerry attended Arizona State University where he was awarded “Outstanding Art Student” in 1970. He then attended Southern Illinois University for his graduate degree where he graduated with honors. Jerry moved to Chicago in 1972 and his career as a sculptor took off quickly.
After an art show with a favorable review in the Chicago Tribune, Jerry began working for another artist and within 9 months, he took over that artist’s studio to begin producing his own works. He then purchased his own studio space in an old police building with two horse stalls formerly used for the paddy wagons. Jerry’s first large scale sculpture was a 16 x 16 x 22 piece he created in 1975 for a show entitled “Sculpture for a New Era” in honor of the Nation’s bicentennial. The sculpture was installed in the Federal Plaza in Chicago and now resides in a private collection at Governors State University. Jerry met his wife Carolyn in Chicago and together they moved to Ashland to be with family in the area. He now has his studio here in an old barn on the couple’s property just outside of Ashland’s town limits. To date, Jerry has created over 35 large scale public sculptures.
In 2013, Jerry was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. After surgery and an experimental vaccine therapy at Duke University, he is now in remission. During his illness, Jerry remained as physically active as possible but found that the creative process eluded him. He said, “Being an artist is mentally challenging. You have to know the answer, but you also have to know the question”. Happily, Jerry is making his foray back into sculpture by accepting a commission to build a piece for another artist which will be installed in the Richmond area. He is finding that slowly, he is able to get back to the creative process he loves so much, and hopes to be creating pieces of his own in the very near future.
To see more of Jerry’s sculptures, visit www.peartsculpture.com