Garry R. Bibbs is an Associate Professor (Sculpture & Printmaking), UK Art Studio Head of Sculpture Area, and Graduate Advisor (Art Studio) at the University of Kentucky. He received a Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which allowed him to study with internationally renowned sculptor Richard Hunt in Chicago Il, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was recipient of a 1996 Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship for Outstanding Printmaker in the Southern States. His distinguished exhibition history includes showings at Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapolis, In., the Hertz Gallery, Louisville, Ky, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il., Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. His works are in the collections of the High Museum in Atlanta, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, ATT Corporation–New York City, Brown-Forman Corporation, Commonwealth Insurance, Brown-Williamson Tobacco Corporation, The Robert Derden Collection, The Richard Hunt Collection, Louisville City Fire Department and Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Bibbs a member of the Pew Civic Entrepreneur Initiative, a coalition group in Lexington whose goal is to confront and solve issues relevant to the community on race relations and leadership. He received a BS from Kentucky State University and an MFA from the University of Kentucky before his postdoctoral work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Organization Board Committee Memberships (2005-Recent)
Mid-South Alliance Sculpture Association board member.
UK College of Fine Arts - Art in Public Places Committee member.
ISC Appointed Marketing Committee board member.
Lexington Urban County Government -(Mayor Appointed) Art in Public Places Committee, Committee board member.
Alsmith Fellowship Award- KY Arts Coumcil, Frankfort, Ky
Community Arts Development Grant, Lexington, KY
Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts 1994
Regional Visual Arts Fellowship: Atlanta, GA Printmaking
Neighborhood Arts Program Grant, Chicago Illinois
Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities Grant, Washington, DC
Historic Deer Park Baptist Church Centennial Art project, 8 ft x 5 ft welded stainless steel painted brass metal coating, Louisville, KY
The Rip, Restore and Relocation to Centre College outdoor art project, 8 ft x 14ft stainless steel,
Lexington City Transportation - Art Bus Stop Public Art, "Lyrical Movement," 12' x 5 ft fabricated
(painted) steel, 3rd Elm Street (Historic African-American District) Lexington, KY (Dedicated July 2009)
Campaign Park Distrct, Pal- "Double Dutch", stainless steel, 16'x26'. West Side Park, Campaign
Greater Urban League of Chattanooga Building "Family Revolution" 20' x 5' x 5' Fabricated stainless
steel outdoor sculpture; Commissioned by Public Art of Chattanooga & CEO Urban League,
Warren Logan (Dedicated September 2009)
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet Public Art Competition for the New
Transportation Building, St. Clair Street Plaza area, Frankfort, KY., Outdoor Sculpture
"Now Get" 25' x 14' Stainless Steel. Installation/Dedication
LBX - Company LLC (Linkbelt), Lexington, KY, A\lumni Dr., Wall Sculpture Commission,
"Linking our Harvest Towards the Future, 8' x 5' x 4", welded Aluminum.
Murphy Rabb Inc., Ariel Capital Management, LLC, 200 Randolph Dr., Chicago, IL,
Wall Sculpture commission 8' x 6', Stainless Steel, Installation/Dedication,
December 15, 2004
Jim O'Brien, CEO, Ashland Oil, Kentucky, Sculpture Commission Project: "Lover's
Chase", 10' x 4', Stainless Steel, Location: Northern, KY, Fall 2004
University of Kentucky, Allied Health Professions and Sciences, Dean: Dr. Thomas C.
Robinson, "Structural Alliances to Life and Spirit," 18' x 14', Fabricated Stainless Steel,
Dedication Date: May 2003, Lexington, KY
Kentucky Center for Africian-American Heritage, Executive Director: Clest Lanier,
Westend Louisville Community, Outdoor Sculpture Project, "Boogie Chillin," 16' x 3',
Stainless Steel Sculpture, Dedication Date: March 31, 2003, Louisville, KY
Clean Sweep Car Wash, Owner: Mr. Ken Littrell, Sculpture Commission, "Clean-Sweep,"
22' x 3', Fabricated Stainless Steel, Dedicated October 26, 2002, South Broadway,
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Louisville, KY, Director: Beverly Watts, 52' Hall
of Fame Bridge Sculpture, 40th Year Anniversary, Louisville Gardens Convention Center
The Urban League, Fayette County, Lexington, KY, Commemorative Sculpture
Commission, Fabricated Stainless Steel and Bronze, December 2000
The Miller Center, Owner: Joe Miller, Sculpture Commission, (Wall Sculpture), "Glory,"
Fabricated Stainless Steel and Bronze, 30' x 8' x 2', Indianapolis, IN, November 1998
Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Art Backdrop Commission for TV Series,
Workplace Essential Skills, Wood and Steel, 72' x 62', Lexington, KY,
Completed February 15, 1998
The Living Arts and Science Center, "True Passage," Sculpture Commission,
Lexington, KY, Fabricated Steel, (Painted), 118' x 10' x 5', Completed June 26, 1997
Bluegrass Woodworking, "The Rip," Owner: Duwayne Van Horne, Outdoor
Sculpture Commission, Lexington, KY, Fabricated Stainless Steel, 14' x 8' x 6',
Completed April 6, 1995
Louisville Fire Department, "Fire Fighter's Flame," Memorial Sculpture Commission,
Louisville, KY, Fabricated Stainless Steel, 17' x 6' x 6' x 6', Completed August 9, 1995
Kentucky Medical Services, "Life Family and Good Health," Foundation Commission
(Outdoor Sculpture), University of Kentucky Clinic, Lexington, KY, Stainless Steel,
16' x 6' x 4', Completed June 9, 1992