Having formally studied sculpture, Therman Statom received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1974 and his MFA in sculpture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. Statom has been awarded numerous grants including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1982, 1998), a City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Grant (1997), a Brody Arts Foundation Fellowship (1985), and a Pratt Institute Fellowship (1978). In addition to his public artworks in Los Angeles, Statom has received commissions from the Toledo Museum of Art; New York State Arts Commission, Bronx; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts; and Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas. The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of the California African-American Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; High Museum of Art; Mint Museum of Craft and Design; Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris; Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the US Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Moscow. The artist maintains studios in San Diego, California and Omaha, Nebraska.