Much of Rod Moorhead’s work is inspired by ancient mythological and Biblical personae, allowing for a temporally transcendent approach to his representations of the human figure. Well known for his pit-fired clay sculptures, he also works in bronze and terra-cotta. His work is stylistically expressive in its imperfections, enticing viewers to look, feel, and contemplate deeply.
Moorhead began his career as a potter, but his interests eventually turned to ceramic and then metal and stone sculpture. He has produced a number of public art sculptures including that of James Meredith for the Civil Rights Monument at the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the Visual Arts Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his Furies series and the Grand Award in the Delta Exhibition in 2012. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, among others.