2018 “A Peaceable Kingdom”. Basswood relief for Christ Church Cathedral. Cincinnati, OH.
2016 "Mother Teresa", half figure with infant. For The Museum of Spirituality in Art. Franklin, OH.
2016 Life size Indiana Limestone eagle for Walnut Hills High School Class of 2015. Cincinnati, OH.
2015 Life-sized bronze, "Running Back". Walnut Hills High School. Cincinnati, OH.
2015 "Collective Impact"--12-foot tall abstract stainless steel. Community 1st Solutions. Hamilton, OH.
2015 Gypsum bust: "Frances Trollope". The Mercantile Library. Cincinnati, OH.
2014 1.25x life-sized bronze bust: “General Alvin Ungerlieder”. City of Carbondale, PA.
2013 Bas-relief portrait (4 x 4 feet), "Neil Armstrong" for Rhodes Hall, University of Cincinnati.
2013 Six-foot bronze portrait: "Paul Flory" for Western & Southern Tennis Open. Mason, Ohio.
2003-present. Bas-relief portraits for Cincinnati Reds , Alabama Military, Alabama Women’s, & Steel Guitar Players Halls of Fame, and many other public and private clients.
2012 Portrait bust, bronze. “Dave Allen”. Cincinnati, Ohio.
2012 Limestone bas-relief. 8 x 4 ft. My Favorite Pet Clinic. Vandalia, Ohio
2010 Limestone carving, “Inward and Outward, All in All”. For the City of Vandalia, Ohio
2010 Bronze life size figure, coffee drinker for Sensus LLC, Hamilton, Ohio
2010-17 "The Belew Legacy Award". Hamilton Community Foundation. Hamilton, Ohio.
2010 Bronze Mace, UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, Cincinnati, Ohio
2008 Life sized bronze: seated man with child, Westover Retirement Center, Hamilton, Ohio
2008 Life sized bronze sweeping boy, Prasco, Blue Ash, Ohio
2006 Life sized, bronze: seated woman playing guitar and 2 children. Westover Retirement Center. Hamilton, OH.
2005 Life sized bronze: seated "Harry Wilks". Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Hamilton, Oh.
2004 Bas-relief Sculpture in cast stone. Mercy Hospital. Fairfield, OH.
2004 Bronze life sized fireman, "Denny Mintle". Fort Lupton, CO.
2003 Bronze portrait bust: "Tom Neis", Cincom CEO. Cincinnati, OH.
2002 "The Sower" maquette. Bronze. The American Farm School. Thessaloniki, Greece.
2002 and 2004 "The Cincinnati Entertainment Award" Cast stone. For Citybeat Magazine. Cincinnati, OH.
2001 Bronze geese in flight. John Smale/Cincinnati Park Board. East 5th Street Cincinnati, OH.
2001 Life sized bronze portrait figure: "Harry Crisp". John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL.
2001-02 "The Outstanding Achievement Award". Broadwing Inc. Cincinnati, OH.
2000 Stone carving, 54 inch tall marble woman. Mr. and Mrs. Mort Libby. Cincinnati, OH.
2000 Stone carving. Polar Bear. Mr. and Mrs. Hank Schneider. Cincinnati, OH.
1999 Ceramic relief tiles. Cincinnati Zoo, Manatee Springs. Cincinnati, OH.
1998 Bronze, 5’ x 3’ bas-relief portrait: "Patricia Corbett" for College Conservatory of Music.
Corbett Foundation. Cincinnati, OH.
1998 Limestone "Dove of Peace" for Cincinnati Zoo. Cincinnati Jewish Federation.
1998-2011 "The Caring Award". Bronze. The Visiting Nurse Association. Cincinnati, OH.
1997 Albert Sharrer and Joseph Keller bronze busts. 1.25 x life-size. University of Dayton Law School. Dayton, OH.
1995 Abstract, metal, relief assemblage. 6’ x 8’. The Joseph Harris Company. Cincinnati, OH.
1995 Bronze Eagle (7 ft. wingspan) for Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War Memorial. Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Dayton, OH.
1995 "The Harley Proctor Award". Bronze. The Proctor and Gamble Company. Cincinnati Ohio.
1991 and 1995 "The WorldWide Product Supply Award". Cast stone. The Procter and Gamble Company.
1987 "The Mouseman Award". Bronze. The Kroger Company. Cincinnati, Ohio.
City of Vandalia, Ohio.
Middletown Public Library, Middletown, Ohio
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Arboretum.
City of Puntarenas Arts Center, Costa Rica.
E.W.Scripps Company, Corporate Art Collection. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joe Lovano and Judy Silvano, New York, NY.
Mr. Peter Frampton. Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Doug Soul. North York, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Rahsaan Roland Kirk. East Orange, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ravenscroft. San Diego, California.
Mr. Charles Marohnic. Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Don Pappas. Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Aberlin. Lebanon, Ohio.
Mr. Alard Beche’. Escazu’, Costa Rica.
Her Royal Highness Jawaher bint Majed bin Abdulaziz. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Robin Swan. Wokingham, England.
Mrs. Carolin Malone. London, England.
Mr. and Mrs. John Smale. Marathon, Florida and McGregor Bay, Canada.
Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
Dektas and Eger Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Mr. Roger Krone. Annapolis, MD
Mr. Leon’s work can be found in over 500 private, public, and corporate collections on five continents.
ASSOCIATIONS, SPEAKING, TEACHING, and CURATING ENGAGEMENTS.
Stone carving instructor. Art Academy of Cincinnati, Community Education Program. 2003 – 2009.
Exhibiting Member of the National Sculpture Society.
Exhibiting Member of The Cincinnati Art Club. Board Member 2002 – 2003.
Juror for the Montgomery Art Show. Montgomery, Ohio. 1994, 1997 - 2008.
Juror for the Hyde Park Square Art Show. Cincinnati, Ohio. 2000.
Slide lecture and studio tour. Queen City Artists. 1998.
Lecture-demonstration, The Cincinnati Art Club. April 1994 and September 2006.
Taught sculpting, mold making, and casting, privately, 1993 – 2002, and 2010 to present.
Visiting Artist Lecturer. Lloyd-Mann elementary school, Morrow, Ohio. March 26, 1993.
Radio Interview. Thursday Night Jazz-The Jazz Sculptor. WVXU Stations. Jan. 31, 1991.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS and AWARDS.
2013 Music & Mountains: Sculptures by John Leon. 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
2010 Modern Day Thoreaus. The Duncan Center & Art Gallery. Greenville, KY.
2010 All That Jazz. Elk Creek Vineyards. Owenton, KY.
2009 Solo show at the Fitton Center for the Arts. Hamilton, Ohio.
2009 Behringer-Crawford Museum. Covington, KY.
2009 The Art of Jazz. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
2009 John Leon Figures It Out. The Parkersburg [West Virginia] Art Center.
2008 A Life In the Landscape. The Hopewell Museum. Paris, Kentucky.
2006 Five on Five. The 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
2006 The Art of Jazz. The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
2004 Harlan Hubbard and John Leo--Works. Frankfort Art Center, Frankfort, Indiana.
2003 Portraits-Public and Private. The National Sculpture Society. New York. NY.
2002 -2004 Sculpture in the Park. Loveland, Colorado.
2002 Sports Sculpture. National Sculpture Society. New York, NY.
2000 The National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition. Brookgreen Gardens, SC & New York, NY.
2000 The Bronze Zoo. National Sculpture Society. New York, NY.
2000,2002 The Nude, Annual Juried Exhibition. Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
1998 Feed the Body, Feed the Soul. The Fitton Center for the Arts. Hamilton, Ohio
1996 Personages and Mountains: Cristina Fournier and John Leon. The Costa Rican-North
American Cultural Center, San Jose, Costa Rica.
1996 John Leon-Sculpture: Greg Storer-Paintings. The A. B. Closson Company. Cincinnati, OH.
1995, 1993, and 1992 City of Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee grant.
1995 Limestone Heritage Festival. First Prize, Limestone Sculpture Competition. Bedford, IN.
1995 Sports and the Human Figure. The Gallery at Cedar Hollow. Malvern, Pennsylvania.
1994 Central South Art Exhibition. Tennessee Art League. Nashville, Tennessee. Juried.
1994 Art On the Square. Purchase award. Cincinnati, Ohio. Juried.
1993 KZF Gallery Presents Voices from the Next Generation. The Baldwin Building. Cincinnati, Ohio
1993 The Art of John Leon: Bronze, Stone and Wood. The Mason Fine Art Gallery. Mason, Ohio.
1993 Exhibition 280: Works Off Walls. The Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, West Virginia.
Juried. Honorable Mention award.
1992 Sculpture On the Plaza ‘92. St. John’s Uihlein-Peters Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Juried.
1992 Thelonious Sphere Monk Portrait Competition Exhibit. District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington D.C. and 1991, The BroadwayArts Building, Asheville, North Carolina.
1991 Paul Thompson and John Leon. The Rottinghaus Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1991 The American Yard. The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art. Racine, Wisconsin.
1991 The Sculpture of John Leon. The T.C. Day Technical Library. University of Cincinnati. Forest Atkins, curator.
1990 Small Sculpture in the 90’s. The Lima Art Association. Alma Gallery. Lima, Ohio.
1990 Reinvestigating Myth. University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sculptural Pursuit Magazine. Vol.3 No.1. “The Art of John Leon”. (Cover story). Winter, 2004
The Artist’s Sketchbook Magazine. “Reality Plus Imagination”. June 2002.
Dayton Daily News. “Statue to Finally Get Its Coat of Bronze.” May 11, 1998.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, “A Whale of a Fountain”. March 15, 1998.
The Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica. Sculptor Inspired by C.R.’s...Mountains. December 6, 1996.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, “The Art of Remembrance”. May 28, 1995.
Jane Kenney-Wurth, International Society of Bassists Magazine. Vol. XVII, No. 3, Spring 1992.
Raymond L. Buse III, “Etched in Stone”, Eastside Weekend. Vol. I, No. 27, Sept. 27, 1990.
Bryant Galleries, 316 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 (2000-2010)
Heike Pickett Gallery, 110 Morgan Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383
Gallery 708, 708 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202