Artist Statement


Mr. Boggs was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. His great grandfather was a blacksmith; both grandfathers and his father were welders and steelworkers.

Continuing a family tradition of ironwork, he has taken the ironworker’s material and process and made art.
In 1969, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.
In 1970, he earned a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1970, he has taught undergraduate and graduate art courses at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. In 1994, he was promoted to full professor and currently is serving as department chairperson for the fourth term.

Mr. Boggs is well known for his abstract paintings, steel sculptures, bronze work, computer graphics and architectural designs.

His work is placed in the presidential libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His work is located also internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations.

In addition, he has received many sculpture commissions for private residences, one of which is the home of the author, Lillian Jackson Braun.

The city of Spartanburg commissioned Mr. Boggs to produce a bronze medallion to commemorate the city’s sesquicentennial. In 1991, he was named Honorary Artist of Spartanburg by proclamation of the Mayor of Spartanburg. He frequently exhibits his work and serves as a guest speaker for lecture-demonstrations.
He has been the subject of many radio and TV shows, the most recent being Educational Televisions’ “Impressions.”