Discipline: Visual Art

John Acorn

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: Pendleton, SC
MacDowell Fellowships: 1972
John Acorn is an American sculptor. Dedicated to no single theme, Acorn’s artwork reflects whatever happens to strike him. He avoids the term “inspiration,” instead preferring the word “source” for the origins of his pieces. His work, primarily carved in wood, has earned him an Elizabeth O’Neil Verner award, as well as a Distinguished Emeriti Award from Clemson University, where he was on the faculty from 1961 to 1997.



John Acorn worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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