On March 18th, Alex Palkovich unveiled his statue of William H. Johnson (1901-1970) in Florence, South Carolina. At the dedication ceremony, Palkovich spoke about Johnson’s life. Johnson became a well-known painter for his depictions of African American lives during the 1930s and 1940s; over a thousand of his paintings are part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The sculpture is one of several that Palkovich has created for his home state of South Carolina. Palkovich feels that there is “no life without sculpture. Everything is sculpture. The building in which you dwell, the chair upon which you sit, the car that you drive – all is sculpture.”