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About John S. Hallett

The original Hallett Iron Works was founded in 1853 in Chicago by John Hallett, making architectural iron and telephone and telegraph construction material. After being involved in casting and fabricating jewelry for many years, John S. Hallett decided to revive his great-great grandfather's Hallett Iron Works for  bronze and cast iron sculptures. 


John has been active in lumberjack sports and nordic skiing for over 40 years. He has coached amateur and professional world champion log rollers.  It seems logical that his initial sculptures include a series of lumberjack sports and nordic skiers. 


John is a small animal veterinarian from  Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.  He is currently on sabbatical from Hallett Veterinary Hospital while he pursues his MFA at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 



John S. Hallett
Hallett Ironworks, LLC


To explore the intersection of art and science while creating thought provoking sculpture to share with the community.

Shows and Commercial Work

MCAD MFA SHOW - Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN September, 2022

Stihl Timbersports Nationals, National Championship Trophies and Medals – July 2022, July 2021, July 2019, July 2018, July 2017 (shown on ABC Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN)

Lumberjack World Championships, Medals and Trophies – Hayward, WI
July 2019, 2021, 2022 (shown on ESPN3)


Stihl Champions Trophy and Medals - April 2022

American Birkebeiner Ski Race Trophies - 2020 through 2023 international ski race winners - Hayward, WI

Across Wisconsin - Oconomowoc Arts Center
Oconomowoc, WI October, 2021

Wisconsin Regional Arts Program - State Exhibition/Janet Margaret Johnson Award

Madison, WI, September 2021

A Lasting Impression Metal Design – Whitewater Arts Alliance
Whitewater, WI, September 2020

Wisconsin Regional Arts Program – UW Ag Hall Exhibition/Rural Rembrandts Art Club Award

Madison, WI September 2020

Museum of Wisconsin Art Member’s Show – West Bend, WI,
September 2021, December 2020, August 2019, November 2018, November 2017, November 2016

Studies of Light and Form – Oconomowoc Arts Center
Oconomowoc, WI, October 2019

Wisconsin Regional Arts Program – State Qualifier
May 2019

New Dimensions Fine Art Show – National Juried Exhibition

Vero Beach, FL, March 2019

Americana Now and Then – Oconomowoc Arts Center
Oconomowoc, WI, September 2018

Celebrating the Art in Timber Sports – Oconomowoc Arts Center

Oconomowoc, WI, October 2017

Alive in the Arts Juried Show - Plymouth Arts Center

Plymouth, WI, May – August 2017

Wisconsin Visual Artists Juried Show - Anderson Arts Center

Kenosha, WI August, October 2016

Drawing from Observation – Crossman Gallery, UW Whitewater

Whitewater, WI, June 2016

Educational Speaking

Minneapolis College of Art and Design - Graduate Teaching Assistant, 3D Foundations, Fall Semester 2022


University of Maryland – Materials Science Department lecture - “Foundry Materials and Techniques, an Artist’s Perspective” October 2019


Foundry Experience

Assisted with iron pour - University of Maryland, April 2022


Participated in all aspects of community iron pours in Whitewater, Wisconsin April 2019, October 2018, April and October 2017, October 2016, October 2015


Designed and built furnace and molds and taught workshops on casting bronze tiles and pewter belt buckles at White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, AZ, November 2019, October 2019, September 2019, March 2019,


Participated in or organized 4-7 bronze pours each year – 2015 to present.


Design, mold making, casting, welding and finishing experience creating 8-10 original bronze sculptures per year, 2015 – present. 




Hallett Veterinary Hospital, INC, Oconomowoc, WI

President 1998 - Present
Managing partner 1998 - 2021

Small animal veterinarian focusing on minimally invasive surgery, dentistry and oral surgery.

Managing partner of 7 doctor, small animal hospital with 27 employees




2022-2024 Minneapolis College of Art and Design - Masters in Fine Art Candidate, visual arts

2020 - 2022: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Advanced Sculpture Volunteer Agent working with advanced sculpture students and assisting with bronze and aluminum pours


2015 – 2020: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Advanced Sculpture - auditor


2018: Corning Museum of Glass, glass blowing workshop – 3 days


2015: Peninsula School of Art Bronze Sculpture workshop – 5 days


2011: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Bronze Sculpture workshop – 1 week


1982-1990: University of Wisconsin – Madison DVM 1990, B.S. Meat and Animal Science 1987

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