Artists Past & Present

Jay Hall Carpenter



A professional sculptor for over three decades, Jay Hall Carpenter earned his reputation by creating sculptures dedicated to public purpose. During 20 years as sculptor for the Washington National Cathedral, he 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 contain his work, as do the State Department, the Smithsonian, Canterbury Cathedral, and the New England Medical Center. Other clients include West Point Military Academy, the Washington Theater Awards, and the State of Maryland.


Carpenter was elected into the National Sculpture Society before the age of thirty and has won numerous national awards for his sculptures. Carpenter was selected to create an eight-foot bronze of Senator Wayne Goode for the University of Missouri, and an over-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.


After a national search for sculptors, Saint Anne’s Catholic Community in Barrington, IL commissioned Carpenter to create its twelve-statue program, Community of Saints and Holy People. These powerful, near-life-size interpretations of historic and modern saints adorn a dramatic new worship space. Carpenter recently completed public sculptures for the National Association of Letter Carriers, The University of Southern California, and the George Lucas Film Foundation.


Carpenter’s education includes study at Pratt Institute and The Catholic University of America. He has 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 Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC. Carpenter has also served as Sculptor-in-Residence at the National Cathedral, Wesley Theological Seminary, The Catholic University of America, and The University of Missouri. Carpenter has taught at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA, and Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. His sculptures and drawings are exhibited in fine art galleries throughout the United States.



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