James Clover, born in Iowa 1938, is an internationally known American artist and academician. After receiving his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, the artist taught and created as Professor of Sculpture and Drawing for over 30 years.

Several U.S. cities boast sculpture parks which host the work of both James Clover and Alexander Calder. Major museum collections, holding works by the artist, includes the High Museum of Art Atlanta as well as Mississippi Museum of Art. In 1998, a major Clover installation was completed by Emory University in Atlanta. The artist’s works may also be found in numerous private collections around the world.

“I think of my work in terms of music. I am very interested in American Jazz. In it’s purest form iconic or traditional jazz is a trio. The three instruments consist of a piano, bass, and drums. The piano has an incredible range of sounds. I think of color in the same terms as a piano. Bass is a very strong and bold instrument, which provides support for the piano. When working with black this is what I have in mind. The drums are the beat and the rhythm, which support and hold the piano and bass together. The drums parts of my drawings is the structure which supports the melodies.”

–James Clover

James Clover currently lives and works in Ecuador.



Miami Design District

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1972 The Blade Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, Conyers
  • 1973 Untitled Atlanta
  • 1967 Untitled West End Performing Art Center, Atlanta
  • 1974 The Wave Emory University, Atlanta
  • 1993 The River's Edge Dancing Fish Quarton Lake Waterfall, Birmingham
  • Dragon Grand Rapids
  • 1991 Heaven and Earth Grand Valley State University Campus
  • 1990 The Lake's Edge Grand Haven
  • 1987 Looking to the Future Grand Valley State University Campus
  • 1986 The Marsh Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Michigan
  • 1989 The River's Edge Grand Valley State Campus-Downtown, Grand Rapids
  • 1992 Sculpture with Stars Federal Square Park, Muskegon
  • 1991 Study (Fish) Grand Valley State University Campus
  • 1987 Untitled Grand Valley State University Campus
  • 1971 Jackson Sculpture Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
  • 1977 Wind Wave Ohio State University, Marion
  • 1970 Suspended Wave Jackson Mississippi International Airport
  • 1971 Untitled Wave High Museum of Art Atlanta
  • Untitled Piece Commercial Office Park Lennox Square
  • Untitled Piece Steelcase Industries, Michigan
  • Exhibitions in galleries in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, California, Washington DC, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota.

Selected Publications

  • Referenced in Smithsonian Institute, Who’s Who in American Art


  • Numerous private and public collections.