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(American, 1930-2015)


Oil on Canvas Board

18 x 24 Inches

Signed Lower Right, "Semple"


This realist painter and graphic artist first attended Hamilton College (B.A., 1953), where he was awarded full scholarships to both the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and to Boston University, where he received his Masters in Fine Art in 1958.


John Semple has exhibited widely and with success, including at the San Diego Print Show (1995), deCordova and Dana Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Pasadena Art Center and with New York's Audubon Society of Artists. He is the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and juried awards, including First Prize from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, which Semple used to study abroad in Italy, France and Britain (1958). Among other distinctions, he has received the American Artist Award from the Lafayette Art Association, the Grumbacher Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America (1987) and the first place prize from the Cape Cod Art Association (1996). Semple is a member of the Boston Printmakers, Society of American Graphic Artists, the Print Club of Albany, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the University of Wisconsin and the Print Club of Albany among others.



Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S.: Colonial to 2002, Bob Creps, Dealer’s Choice Books, Inc. 2002, Vol. 2, p. 1238-1239; et al.



Mt. Hermon School, 1949.

Hamilton College, B.A., 1953.

Mexico City College, 1956.

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (full scholarship), 1957.

Boston University, M.F.A. in Painting (full scholarship), 1958.



San Diego Art Institute, National Print Show, 1995

Boston Printmakers, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2000-2009

Pittsburgh Print Group, 1996, 1998

Sixty Square Inches National Print Show (Purdue, IN), 2000, 2006

2nd Parkside Exhibition Small Prints, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Springfield Museum, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994

Albion College National Print and Drawing Show SAGA Print Show, 1993, 2004

The Haggin Museum (Stockton, CA), 7th Exhibition of Prints & Drawings, 1994; 11th Exhibition of Prints & Drawings, 1998

The Print Club of Albany (elected to membership, 1993), 19th National Juried Print Exhibition sponsored by The Print Club of Albany

Hera Foundation (Wakefield, Rhode Island), “Contemporary Prints,” 1994

Elon College National Print Show, 1994

Barnes Gallery/LCA, 1995

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX), 25th, 29th, 38th (2004) Annual Drawing & Small Sculpture Shows Art Link, 13th & 14th National Print Shows

Allied Artists of America (3)

Audubon Artists (3)

Northern Indiana Center of the Arts (by invitation)

National Small Works Exhibit (Schoharie, NY)

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica, NY)

deCordova and Dana Museum (Lincoln, MA), “Lexington Collectors”

Stratton Arts Festival (4 years; 2 prizes)

Clary-Miner Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Recent Realism (3)

Root Art Center, Hamilton College

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Pasadena Art Center

University of Louisiana, International Exhibition of Animals in Art, 1998

Stone Metal Press 6th Annual, Parchman Stremmel Galleries (San Antonio, TX), 1998

“Counterpoint 1998,” Hill Country Arts Foundation (Ingram, TX), 1998

Prints U. S. A., Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO), 1999

Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, 2002, 2005

Parkersburg Cultural Center of Fine Arts 15th Annual (2 paintings)

Butler Institute of American Art, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009

Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 2003 (also elected member), 2004, 2005

American Color Print Society 58th National Open, 2005

Montgomery College Drawing Show, 2004, 2005

Border to Border, Austin Peay State University, 2003

American Drawing Biennial 8, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary

Brand 34 (Glendale, CA), 2006

Tang Gallery (Bisbee, AZ), 2006

5th Minnesota National Print Biennial Exhibition, 2006

SAGA artists member exhibition in Prague at the Hollar Society Gallery, 2006

Jan Dempsey Art Center, 2 prints, “Dia de los Muertos,” 2007

Prints U. S. A. 2007, Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO)

California Center for the Arts (Escondido, CA), Contemporary Ruin Show, 2008

ARTLINK National Print Show, 2010


Grants and Prizes:

Tiffany Foundation Grant, 1958, First Prize (one year’s travel in Italy, France, and Britain).

Audubon Artists – Honorable Mention, 1988; elected to membership, 1988; Renee B. McNeely Memorial Award, 1992

Allied Artists of America – Grumbacher Gold Medal, 1987; Silver Medal of Honor, 1988; Len G. Everett Award, 1989; elected to membership, 1990; Silver Medal, 1991

Clary-Miner Gallery, Buffalo, NY – 2nd prize, Recent Realism, 1987; 3rd prize, Recent Realism, 1988

National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside – purchase prize, 1989, 1991

Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA – American Artist Award, 1991

Cape Cod Art Association – 1st prize graphics, 1991; 2nd prize painting, 1992; 1st prize painting, 1996; print prize, 1997

Maryland Federation of the Arts – 2nd prize graphics, 1993

Springfield Museum, Springfield, MO – Certificate of Merit Award, 1990; 2nd prize painting, 1991; Springfield Art League Merit Award, etching, 1994

The Print Club of Albany – Merit Award, September 1995

Pittsburgh Print Group – Printmakers ’96, Honorable Mention

The Boston Printmakers 2001 – Juror’s commendation

Springfield Museum, Springfield, MO – purchase prize, etching, 2002

South Shore Art Center – 1st prize, 2001

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN – purchase prize, drawing show, 2003

Hudson Valley Art Association – Ridgewood Art Institute Award, May 2003

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX – purchase prize, ceramic sculpture, April 2004

Brand 34, Glendale, CA –Patron Award, 2006

Prints USA 2009 – J. J. Peterson Memorial Award

Qijiang International Print Invitation Exhibition – purchase prize, Guangdong Museum, 2009

Allied Artists of America 2009 – Butler Institute of Art Award

Springfield Museum, Springfield, MO – Peterson Memorial Award, 2009


*Courtesy of Artist Website








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