About The Artist

John Frame

John Frame with the Cast of Poor Tom’s Library | Photo by Ashley Fennell

John Frame (Wikipedia) has been making sculpture in Southern California since the early 1980s; his work has been exhibited extensively in the United States as well as in Europe, Japan, and China.

  • Two time recipient of Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • New Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum’s Individual Artist Fellowship.
  • Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2009.

His work can be found in more than 300 public and private collections, including the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Southern California.

  • 1992: A major survey of the artist’s work was held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 2005: Mid Career Retrospective, Long Beach Museum of Art “Enigma Variations: The Sculpture of John Frame, 1980 to 2005.”
  • 2011, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale”  became the first major solo exhibition of the work of a living sculptor to be mounted by the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
  • 2012, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale” at the Portland Art Museum

Frame has been artist in residence, visiting artist, or guest lecturer at more than 75 museums, universities, and art-related institutions around the United States.

He lives and works in Wrightwood, California.

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