Wood artist Tom Kennedy was born in Chicago and graduated as a writing major from Northeastern Illinois State University in 1973. He remained in the area and studied literature, writing and visual arts following his undergraduate work. He produced plays and scripts for live theatre before returning to a family-owned construction company in 1976.
From 1977 to 1988 he was self-employed as a builder and designer for his own firm, moving to North Carolina in the early 1980’s.During this time he incorporated site-specific furniture as well as permanent architectural details into most of the homes he built. His work has combined various design disciplines which are integrated into one cohesive environment. All constructions were contemporary and usually involved hardwoods and stone. He served as the Director of the Durham, NC Home Builders Association 1987-88.
In 1988 Kennedy became involved in furniture design and construction full-time and continued both endeavors until retiring from construction in 2008. He remains committed to his love of wood and now creates both furniture and sculpture, including commissions for one-of-a-kind pieces. A grouping of his work was included in an episode of the popular TV series “Revolution” during its first season.
At present, Kennedy has been devoting all his time to sculpture projects, both smaller scale and large commercial pieces. You will see his work throughout NC and on display at New Elements Gallery in Wilmington.