Pratt Institute, The Catholic University of America, BA
Complete sculpture services, design through installation.
JAY HALL CARPENTER – A professional artist since 1976, I learned my craft during the 20 years I served as sculptor for the Washington National Cathedral. There I created the original carver’s models for over 500 sculptures that adorn the gothic, limestone building. These sculptures include saints, angels, grotesques, and gargoyles.
Many American churches have commissioned my work, as have the State Department, the Smithsonian, Canterbury Cathedral, and the New England Medical Center. Other clients include, the University of Missouri at St Louis, and the State of Maryland.
I was elected into the National Sculpture Society before the age of thirty and have received multiple national awards for my sculptures. I have also won numerous sculpture design competitions, including those to create an eight-foot bronze of Frederick Douglass, and a life-size bronze and granite sculpture of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog for the University of Maryland, where Henson was a student in the 1950’s.
I enjoy the collaborative process. When George Lucas selected me to create the sculptural centerpiece for a new film school at the University of Southern California, I worked closely with Urban Design Group, which was designing the new complex of buildings. My heroic bronze of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. stands atop a decorative fountain in the entry courtyard.
My Classical training includes study at Pratt Institute and The Catholic University of America. I served as sculptor’s assistant to Master Sculptor Frederick E. Hart, working on Hart’s major projects for the Washington National Cathedral and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. My sculptures are exhibited in premier fine art galleries in the United States and England.