Blue Sky

Born 1938

Blue Sky is the legal name of an American painter and sculptor best known for his mural, Tunnelvision.

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1938 Birth Born in 1938.


1954 16 Years Old In 1954, his first foray into art won him a national poster competition, two years before he graduated from Dreher High School. … Read More


1958 20 Years Old Sky attended the University of South Carolina from 1958 to 1964. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old At the Springs Mills Show in 1964, in which over 700 artists participated, he was judged "best of show" by Henry Geldzahler, then curator of modern art at the Metropolitan Museum. … Read More
1966 28 Years Old Upon moving back to Columbia in 1966, Sky worked as a draftsman and conceptual artist for Wilbur Smith & Associates before returning to USC for graduate school.


1970 32 Years Old In 1970, he graduated, earning a Master of Education, because the university had not yet been certified to award a Master of Fine Arts. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old Tunnelvision may be regarded as Sky's masterpiece in the classical sense, because the mural is both part of his juvenilia and the work which has earned him the widest recognition, starting with an article in the February 1976 issue of People Magazine. … Read More


1981 43 Years Old …  Blue Sky Gallery opened in 1981, and it has displayed his artwork exclusively since 1989. … Read More


2000 62 Years Old In 2000, Sky was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian state honor, for his contributions to the arts - particularly, for painting the state's first large-scale public mural in 1975.
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