John Spivey: The Grace of Being

The Grace of Being
By John Spivey

November 7  – December 1, 2023
University Art Gallery, the University of Redlands
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Artist Talk at 5:15 pm
The University of Redlands Art Gallery is pleased to present The Grace of Being, an exhibition of handcrafted furniture by artist and University of Redlands alumni John Spivey, ‘68.
Santa Barbara based John Spivey has been working with wood for over 40 years. His work is inspired by the flow of lines, whether that of a mountain range, a tree branch, wood grain, or Japanese calligraphy. Spivey’s aim is to create a sensuous minimalism that remains vibrant and alive over the years in a timeless fashion. His work is primarily executed in sustainable North American walnut, cherry, and maple.
For his exhibition at the University of Redlands, Spivey will show several examples of the chairs, tables and other furniture he has designed and built. His work has appeared twice recently with the Smithsonian Craft Show and three times with the Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show. His work can be viewed at His studio is located in Santa Barbara, CA.
DATES: November 7  –  December 1, 2023 (closed November 21 – 26)
RECEPTION: Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 5 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 2 – 5 pm
LOCATION: University of Redlands Art Gallery, 1200 East Colton Ave. Redlands, CA
The University of Redlands is located halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs on Interstate 10. Exit at University Street when coming east from LA, or on Cypress when coming west from Palm Springs.
The University Art Gallery, located on Colton Avenue, is open from 1–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 2–5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, contact Denise LaDuca Benz via email ( or by calling 909-748-8360.