Johnny Hagerman grew up in Whitewood, Virginia. After completing college he returned to his hometown as an art teacher. When a new high school was being constructed, he offered to work with students to design portions of one of the brick walls, using a technique he had recently learned about where “green” bricks could be sculpted before being fired and then installed like ordinary brick, imparting the sculpted design into the wall.
This was the start of what has now been a sixteen year career for Johnny, working as a brick sculptor for General Shale Brick. Johnny discovered how much he enjoyed carving in the “green” brick, took on some free lance work, and eventually accepted the job that has been the core of his artistic career.
Johnny has done sculpted pieces for the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, brick murals for many large companies nationwide, and in 1997 completed the Jack Tale wall in the SwVCC Charles R. King Community Center. Currently, he is preparing a wall sculpture that will be part of the new SwVCC Earl E. and Dorothy J. Dellinger Learning Resources Center that is now under construction.