John Michael Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his first studies in drawing with his father at the age of 16. In 1968, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
In 1970, Mr. Carter moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Art Center College of Design. There, he received a background in the major classical schools of painting and graduated with a B.F.A. Degree in 1972.
For ten years, Mr. Carter taught drawing and painting for the University of Kentucky at Jefferson Community College. He also has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country including the Scottsdale Artist School, the Dallas Arts League, and the Arts Club of Cincinnati.
Since 1975, he has had 27 one-man shows and participated in many group exhibitions and national competitions. He has exhibited with Grand Central Gallery in New York. In 1988 Mr. Carter was one of the four top award winners at the “Arts for the Parks” competition, and he was one of fifty artists selected to show at the 1991 Hubbard Museum “Award for Excellence”.
Mr. Carter’s portraits include governors, senators and university presidents as well as corporate and civic leaders. His paintings hang in the collections of Phillips Petroleum Corporation; TRW Corporation, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the McDonald”s Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois; the Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky; the State Capitol Museum in Franfort, Kentucky, and in many other corporate collections.
Governor John Y. Brown, Kentucky
Governor Burt Combs, Kentucky
Lt. Governor Wilson Wyatt, Kentucky
John Gardner, former Secretary of H.E.W.
Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana
Senator Wendell Ford, Kentucky
J.B. Duke, British and American Tobacco Corp., London, England
General Schallenberger, Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky
Earl D. Wallace, Director, Shakertown, Kentucky
Dr. Charles Ping, President, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Dr. and Mrs. Konneker, St. Louis, Missouri
Robert Whitney, Director, Louisville Orchestra
Ray Crock, McDonald’s Corporation
Donald Swain, President, University of Louisville
Hilliard and Lyons Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
T.R.W. Corp., Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Liberty National Bank and Trust Co., Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville, School of Music
University of Louisville, Department of Psychiatry
University of Louisville, Medical School
University of Louisville, Lyons Eye Institute
Brown, Todd and Heyburn, Louisville, Kentucky
Plaza Bank, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Federal Court, Louisville, Kentucky
Shaker Village, Shakertown, Kentucky
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