John Balsley

Year inducted: 2013
1944-

John G. Balsley is a sculptor and two-dimensional artist.  He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005 after teaching there for almost 30 years.  In the late 1990s, John began burning images on wood, but when an artist is as versatile in as many media, a crossover to printmaking was not unusual.  Balsley invented Pyro Prints, which made their debut in 2004.  Pyro prints is a unique medium using images that are scanned, manipulated and then engraved onto special magnesium plates.  The Museum of Wisconsin Art hosted the first public exhibition of Balsley’s Pyro Prints in 2005.

Works by John Balsley