Wayne State University

John Richardson

John Richardson

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  • 150 Art Bldg.

  • Professor and Department Chair



Professor Richardson earned his graduate degrees in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MFA 1996, MA 1994) and his undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA (BA with honors, 1993). He currently teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he is the Chair of the department. He has also served the department in the roles of sculpture area coordinator, Interim Chair, Associate Chair, and Graduate Officer. Prior to teaching at Wayne State, he taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Through his sculpture, Prof. Richardson investigates a notion of mind/body duality where a created object begins as an extension of the maker and then emerges as a separate entity that may or may not be interdependent. He works in a variety of media including cast and welded metals, rubber, glass, wood, plastic, and stone. Recently, his drawings and prints have been recognized and exhibited as well. His award winning work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park (Ontonagon, 2002); Xiadu Park, Yanqing, China (Anastomatic Lines, 2001); the Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookdale, England (Articulated Lapse, 2003) and the Lumsden School, Lumsden, Scotland (Time Boundary, 2004). He is represented by Causey Contemporary <causeycontemporary.com>.                  

In addition to creating art, Prof. Richardson makes frequent contributions to the arts as a juror, scholar, and lecturer. He has been a member of the College Art Association (CAA) since 1995, became a member of the CAA Board of Directors in 2013, served on its Professional Practices Committee (2012 - 2015), and on its Annual Conference Committee (2013 - 2016) <http://www.collegeart.org>. He served as the CAA Vice President for External Affairs in 2015/16.

He has participated in the Mid-America College Art Association since 2002, joining the board in 2004, serving as president from 2008 - 2012, and served as past-president from 2012-16, <http://www.macaart.org>. He is also a member of the National Council of Arts Administrators <http://www.ncaaarts.org/>, the Southeastern College Art Conference <http://www.secollegeart.org/>, and the International Sculpture Center <http://sculpture.org/>.

At Wayne State, Prof. Richardson teaches a variety of sculpture courses and in the past has also taught three-dimensional design as well as an interdisciplinary graduate art seminar. In addition to formal courses, he offers a weekend iron-casting workshop once a semester that is open to students, alumni, and visiting artists.

Artistic practice can be a vehicle for spiritual evolution and realization.

– John Richardson (August, 2007)

Art consists of significance created through shifts in context.

-- John Richardson (February, 2013)


  • Images of Professor Richardson's work can be found here and here.