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