Juan Logan was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1946. He is a long time resident of Belmont, North Carolina, where he makes his home on land settled by his family in 1848. Logan launched his artistic career in 1960, when he began painting, drawing, and sculpting at about the same time.
During the mid sixties, Logan attended Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia and Howard University in Washington, D.C. He studied African and European art, craftsmanship,and design; his associations during that period with other artists his age and older provided an impetus for Logan's own artistic growth. Logan's African-American artists and their work, as well as larger issues of equality, social responsibility, and racial pride.
Logan has shown his works widely nationally and internationally since 1969, both as an individual and in group exhibits. His works in a variety of media have been praised for their strong symbolism and visual impact as well as for his technical mastery. Recent exhibits include one-man shows at Spirit Square, the Jerald Melberg Gallery, and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina and at St. John's Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. Group exhibits include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in Ohio.
Logan's works are also included in numerous public and corporate collections, including the Nation Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles' Museum of African-American Art; Bell South in Atlanta, Georgia; NationsBank in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Art in Embassies Program in Lome, Togo.
The subject of many articles and printed reviews, Logan is also included in Who's Who in American Art (1976), Who's Who Among Black Americans (1976-77), and African American Art and Artists (1990).
Logan was also selected for a North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship in 1991, and was one of six artists commissioned to execute a mural panel for the new Charlotte Convention Center in 1994.
In 1995, Logan was commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the Gaston County Public Library to create an interactive sculpture. The work, titled Pillar of Enlightenment, was presented to the public at the Main Library in Gastonia on September 24, 1995.
Logan has been very active in numerous media. In addition to the creation of Pillar of Enlightenment and a commissioned sculpture installed in Belmont to commemorate the site of the former Reid High School, in 1995 the artist mounted an exhibit of linocut prints, taken from his new Blues Suite for Rwanda series, at the Isabel Neal Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
In September 1995 he opened Effective Sight: the Paintings of Juan Logan at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, North Carolina. That exhibit is a selection of paintings from three distinctive series of works—Sacred Symbols, Soldiers for Common and Uncommon Wars, and Tucker's Grove. It is funded by the Lannan Foundation, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the New York State Council for the Arts.
In 1996, Effective Sight was shown at the Anderson Gallery of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia; at the Danville Museum of Art in Danville, Virginia; and at the Halsey Gallery at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibit will move to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and Asheville, North Carolina in 1997.
Logan's sculpture series, "not separate and apart from," was exhibited at the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University from November 10, 1995 through January 13, 1996. That exhibit is scheduled to appear at the Smithsonian Institute in 1997 in conjunction with the Howard University showing of Effective Sight.
A collection of Logan's recent prints, including works from his Blues Suite for Rwanda series, was exhibited at the African American Cultural Center in Charlotte during January-March 1996.