John Crawford (b. 1953, New York) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975. In 1976 he moved to Italy where he apprenticed at a blacksmith shop in rural Tuscany until 1986. He has been included in numerous exhibitions including solo shows at the Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY and the Sculpture Center, New York. Crawford has also been commissioned to create public works for Amherst College, Amherst, MA and Queens College, Flushing, NY. He is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.  Trips to western Africa and Korea in 2001 and 2006 introduced Crawford to new and significant influences.  The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.