Determined to Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden
With a sculptural sensibility defined by his extensive world travels, sensualism, and a breadth of visual influences, Rhoden worked in a style that was ahead of his time. Through approximately 70 sculptures in bronze, wood, and stone, and archival materials from the recently-processed John Rhoden Papers, this exhibition will illustrate the visual and technical mastery of this award-winning artist.
Discover the incredible work and personal story of one of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century.
John Rhoden Digital Archives
In 2017, the John Rhoden Estate selected PAFA to assume the responsibility of preserving and promoting John Rhoden's artistic legacy. The Rhoden Collection includes over 300 works of art and 22 linear feet of archival materials. In 2019, PAFA was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to organize the archival papers and provide free online access to the public. The grant team dedicated over a year on the project to deliver 5,000 digital objects online. The johnrhoden.pafaarchives.org online portal provides a curated look into the life of John Rhoden and highlights a few areas that can be further explored using the archival collections.
Determined To Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden is made possible thanks to the following generous supporters.
Lead support and artwork provided by the estate of Richanda Rhoden. Major support is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, William Penn Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and donors to PAFA’s Special Exhibition Fund.
Lead support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
The organization and digitization of the John Rhoden Archives at PAFA was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.