Jon Barlow Hudson

Jon Barlow Hudson (1945-)

Born in Montana, his father was a hydro-geologist engaged in international projects and Hudson spent his early years living abroad . Throughout his childhood and adolescence he traveled widely visiting such architectural and monumental structures as Baalbek, Petra, the Acropolis, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu. In 1963, he entered Urbana (Ohio) University and after two years transferred to the Dayton Art Institute, where he met the sculptor Charles Ginnever. After briefly assisting his father in Senegal, Hudson enrolled at the Kunst Akademie in Stuttgart (1969) where he worked for six months creating welded steel sculptures. Later that year he moved to Vermont and worked for two years as Ginnever’s assistant. Then he studied at the California Institute of the Arts (1971-72), where he received the BFA and MFA . He taught briefly at Stephens, Wright State, and Antioch colleges and at the end of 1976 he settled in Yellow Springs Ohio, where his mother was mayor and where he and his wife built a sculpture studio which remains his base today. Much of Hudson’s early work was made with metal, in particular stainless steel, and in 1982, to commemorate the centenary of the move of Adelbert College from Hudson, Ohio to Cleveland he was commissioned to create Morning Star for the Putnam Collection . Since the 1980s, in addition to many commissions in the United States, his large scale outdoor metal sculptures have been installed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Jakarta, Indonesia. For the World Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia Hudson created two major works in stainless steel: Paradigm, 100 feet high, and the 15 foot diameter, mirror polished Morning Star 2, a larger version of his work in the Putnam Collection. Hudson , who regularly participates in international sculpture symposia, is a prolific independent artist, who works in many materials, with works installed throughout the U.S. and abroad. Among many prizes and awards, in 2005 Hudson received First Prize at the International Sculpture Exhibit, Taizhou, China.

Work in the collection:

7 Morning Star, 1982
Stainless steel and granite base
Case Quadrangle, near Eldred Theater, [1982 .2]

The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110