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Although my latest works represent a resurgence of an interest in sculptural form on the body, they are a continuance of my large-scale wall works and public art works. I am inspired by the juxtaposition of found objects that express energy and movement.

After receiving a BFA in Silversmithing at Cleveland Art Institute, Jon Havener earned an MFA in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook. A professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry at The University of Kansas since 1977, he has received many awards and grants for his work, including a Phoenix Art Award in Lawrence, a Kansas Artists Fellowship in Sculpture, an NEA-funded regional arts award and two artist residencies in Finland. Havener’s work has been published and reviewed in Metalsmith, Ornament, American Craft Magazine and has been included in the text, “Jewelry; Contemporary Design and Technique” by Chuck Evans.

Havener’s thirty-year research of holloware forms continues to evolve- through fabricated jewelry and sculpture works that are exhibited nationally within galleries, museums and public spaces. The sculptor’s work is held within public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, notably The University of Kansas Korean War memorial, The Mulvane Art Museum, and the City of Loviisa, Finland. Inspired by his life long passion for historical metalwork such as sixteenth-century Japanese helmets, Havener evokes a sense of drama and history through turbulent energy forms to deliver an analytical counterpoint of scale, placement, and transformation.

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