John Salvest's work has been presented in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including one-person exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Grand Arts, Kansas City; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville; Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York.
Salvest is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1991 and 1993 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998, as well as State Arts Council Fellowships from New Jersey and Arkansas. He has completed public art projects for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among others. The Cannon Center project was cited as one of the country's best public art projects by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network's 2004 Public Art Year in Review. Salvest has also curated several exhibitions, including Kim Levin: Notes & Itineraries, which has traveled internationally to critical acclaim.
His work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Sculpture, Art Papers, The New Art Examiner, NUMBER and ArtLies. Salvest received a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.A. in English literature and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. He resides in Jonesboro, AR, where he is Professor of Art at Arkansas State University.