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artist , muralist

Blue Sky, American artist, muralist. Recipient Best of Show, Springs Art Show, 1964, 1971, First Place, Piccolo Spoletto Visual Arts, 1988, Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina Governor Hodges, 2000; National Education Association grantee, 1980. Board directors University South Carolina Dance Company, Columbia, 1979—1980, Project Pet, Columbia, 2003—2005, Nickelodeon, Columbia, 1980.

Background

Sky, Blue was born on September 18, 1938 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Son of Jesse Charles Johnson and Linie Rae Aiken.

Education

Student, University Mexico, Mexico City, 1961. Student, Art Students League, New York City, 1965. Bachelor, University South Carolina, Columbia, 1964.

Master of Fine Arts, University South Carolina, Columbia, 1970.

Career

Designer Colite, Columbia, 1961—1971, Cushing & Nevelle, New York City, 1965. Artist, muralist Columbia, since 1970. Advisory board South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, 1976, National Education Association, Columbia, 1979, SECCA, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1983, Winston-Salem, 84.

Staff sergeant National Guard United States Air Force, 1956-1962.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include American Water Color Society Show, New York City, 1970, Chicago Museum Contemporary Art, National Academy Design, New York, Virginia Museum Fine Arts, DeCordova, Greenville Museum, Georgia Technology, Mint Museum, Represented in permanent collections Smithsonian Institute, Washington, principal works include mural Tunnelvision, 1975, principal works include General Services Administration mural, sculpture Moonlight on the Great Pee Dee, 1978, principal works include sculpture Busted Plug Plaza, 2001.

Membership

Board directors University South Carolina Dance Company, Columbia, 1979—1980, Project Pet, Columbia, 2003—2005, Nickelodeon, Columbia, 1980.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Sailing, travel, painting.

Connections

Married Cheryl Lynn Welch, March 25, 1991. 1 child Jesse Jet Sky.

father:
Jesse Charles Johnson

mother:
Linie Rae Aiken

spouse:
Cheryl Lynn Welch

child:
Jesse Jet Sky