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  • Terrance Duvernay, former Executive Director of MSHDA

  • Gloria W. Robinson, former Detroit Director of Economic Development

  • Acquanetta Pierce, Founder, and CEO, Avance Communications

  • Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, NAACP Executive Director

  • John Gerard Brzezinski, Founder/President, C&S Communications

  • Rev. Dr. Carlyle Fielding III, Senior Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church, Southfield, MI

  • Rev. Ed Schneider, Pastor, Braxton AME Zion Church, Kingston, TN

  • Sgt. Marcus Futrell, One of Georgia's Fallen Hero Killed in Iraq, Atlanta Fine Arts League

  • Rev. Odinga Maddox, Pastor, Mount Hope AME Zion Church, White Plains, NY



  • Basha Commission, Michelle and Michael Basha of Arizona

  • Irving Bluestone, UAW Executive Director

  • Alfred Warren, Vice President, General Motors Corporation

  • Owen Bieber, UAW President

  • Coleman A.Young, Mayor City of Detroit

  • Stephen P. Yokich, UAW President

  • Bill Hughes, President, Philips Display Components Company



  • Fort Smith Art Center, AK

  • Art & Frame Gallery, Cookeville, TN

  • Bagley Housing Art Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • Dell Gallery, Southfield, MI

  • Ebony Eyes, Cookeville, TN

  • E&S Gallery, Louisville, KY

  • Frameworks Custom Gallery, Knoxville, TN

  • Krasl Art Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

  • Gratiot Avenue Gallery, Detroit, MI


  • Atlanta Fine Arts League at the Roswell Visual Arts Center, GA

  • Simply Drawn sponsored by the Atlanta Fine Arts League, Kennesaw, GA

  • Actors Alliance, Louisville, KY

  • Cumberland Artists of Creative Expression, Crossville, TN

  • Cumberland Art Society, Cookeville, TN

  • Fairfield Glade Fine Arts Guild, TN

  • Oak Ridge Art Center, TN

  • Center for Creative Studies Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

  • Indiana Black Expo, Indianapolis


  • First Place, Advanced Watercolor 2004, Fairfield Glade Fine Arts Guild

  • First Place, Oil Painting 2005, Fairfield Glade Fine Arts Guild

  • Golden Fig Leaf Award, Figurative Fine Art 2005, Oak Ridge Art Center

  • Excellence in Oil Painting 2008, Oak Ridge Art Center

  • Second Place 2006, Fairfield Glade Fine Arts Guild

  • Second Place 2007, Fairfield Glade Fine Arts Guild

  • Artists Choice Award 2006, Arts Alive in Crossville TN

  • Award of Merit 2007, Actors Alliance, Louisville, KY

  • Honorable Mention 2007, Oak Ridge Art Center

  • Honorable Mention 2008, Atlanta Fine Arts League

  • Salisbury Exhibit - Waterworks Visual Arts Center (June 11, 2010 - ) - Salisbury, NC

  • Fairfield Glade First Annual Juried Cash Award Show

  • Won Second Place for portrait: "Robert & Helene Gray of Arizona" (April 1, 2010) - Fairfield Glade, TN

  • The 16th Annual African American Art Exhibition

  • Won RoAnne and Karl N. Victor, Jr. Award of Merit for "Sisters" (February 5, 2010) - Louisville, KY

  • Frameworks Custom Framing Gallery & Graphic Design Studio (Ongoing) - 8078 Kingston Pike, Suite 113, Knoxville, TN - (865) 560-9372

  •  Fairfield Glade Annual Juried Award Show
    Won "Best of Show" for portrait of "Lily Beach and Dog Summer" (October 8, 2009) - Fairfield Glade, TN 

  • Beck Cultural Exchange Center The Power of the Portrait Exhibit (October 17, 2008 to January 10, 2009) - 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN - (865) 524-8461

  •  Oak Ridge Art Center Juried Art Competition and Exhibit (September 13 to October 31, 2008) - Oak Ridge, TN (won prize)

  •  Portrait Unveiling Rev. Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, Senior Pastor (September 28, 2008) - Hope United Methodist Church, Southfield MI

  • Simply Drawn Competition and Exhibit at the Art Shanty, Kennesaw, GA; sponsored by the Atlanta Fine Arts League (September 6 to September 26, 2008) - Kennesaw, GA (won prize)

  • Roswell Visual Arts Center Atlanta Fine Arts League National Juried Competition (August 1 to September 26, 2008) - Roswell, GA

  •  Actors Alliance Theater African American Exhibit (January to February 29, 2008) - Louisville, KY

  •  Fort Smith Art Center (February 1 to February 29, 2008) - Arkansas

  •  Ebony Imagery (January to February 29, 2008) - Oak Ridge Art Center, TN

  • Fair Park Senior Center, Crossville, TN


  • The Basha Family, Southwestern Art Collection, Scottsdale, AZ

  • The Honorable David Robinson, District Court Judge, Detroit, MI

  • Ms. Acquanetta Pierce Glass, Business Owner, Detroit, MI

  • Ms. Gale Bless, Private Collection, Ridgely, MD

  • The University of Memphis, TN, Portrait of Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks


John Simms is a fine art portrait painter and story teller, creating tomorrow's heirlooms. Using his illustration and design skills, John's paintings weave a piece of his client's history around and through the likeness captured on canvas. The result becomes a work of art to be enjoyed today; and by those yet to come.

Contact John Simms for pricing and more details concerning commissioning artwork!

146 Brokenwood Lane – Fairfield Glade, TN 38558  |  Tel: 931-250-3390

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