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Jim McGinniss

Sculptor
Born May 30, 1932, Bloomfield, NJ

Creating art is, and has always been, a joy. If I can pass that enjoyable feeling to you, I have achieved more than just creating an object.

Jim McGinniss discovered his talent for sculpture relatively late in life, picking it up as a form of physical therapy after an accident working as an elevator mechanic left his right hand completely broken. In 1996, after his retirement, McGinniss moved to New Hope, PA where he has a home studio. Self-taught, he considers creating his sculptures a form of "play", referring to it as a "labor of love". He often donates or auctions off his work for much less than it is worth, preferring to share it with his community. Some of his sculptures are on permanent public display, like "Jumping for Joy" at the Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie, PA. While many of his sculptures express the joy he sees in the world, he has also dealt with less light-hearted themes, like the angst of his adolescence in the 1940's in his "Memories" collection and the events of 9/11 in "Stairway to Dedication". He exhibits his work locally, in Bucks County, and in New Jersey and New York. In addition, McGinniss is also a published author, whose children's book "Jimmy's Other Glove" was released in 2010.

Image: Jim McGinniss with "The Winner" sculpture for the Travis Manion 9/11 Race, photo courtesy of the artist


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