Attended St. Albans School, Washington, D. C., 1965–1969. Studied welding, metal fabrication and design with Thomas D. Soles, Sculptor.

Received Morehead Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1969–1973. Studied sculpture with Robert Howard.

Received a double B.A. in English and Fine Arts, 1973, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude.

One year of Master of Fine Arts Program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1975–1976.


Selected Awards:



Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, North Carolina State University, Spring 2014

North Carolina Award, 2012 Fine Arts Recipient 

Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Sir Walter Raleigh Award Appearance Award, Shimmer Wall, 2009 

2008 Year in Review, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, Furrow Public Art, Charlotte Area Transit System

Sam Ragan Award for Fine Arts, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 2008 

Mayor’s Urban Design Awards, 2007 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Steward

Design Guild Award, College of Design, North Carolina State University, 2002

Raleigh Medal of the Arts Recipient, 2000

National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1995 ISAF

National AIA Religious Art and Architecture Design Award, 1995 for Lenten Crosses: Burned, Shot, Sawn

North Carolina Artist Fellowships, 1993, 1986

Michigan Society of Fellows,


One-Person Shows:



Thomas H. Sayre: New Work, Solo Exhibition, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY, April 2017

White Gold Solo Exhibition, CAM Raleigh, October, 2016 

Thomas H. Sayre: New Work, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, January-May, 2009

Thomas H. Sayre: Smoke Paintings, Glance Gallery, April–May, 2004

Thomas H. Sayre: New Works, Fayetteville Museum of Art, August–November, 2002

Thomas Sayre: Gun Shot Paintings, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2000

Thomas Sayre, Carillon Building, Charlotte, NC, 1996

University of North Carolina – Visiting Artist, 1991

Fayetteville Museum, Fayetteville, NC, Winter, 1988

St. Johns Museum, Wilmington, NC, 1988

Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 1987, 1990

SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC 

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC 

Alpena Museum, Alpena, Michigan

Rackham Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Group Shows

NEA Regional Award Recipients, NEA Panel, Atlanta

South Florida Art Center, Miami, Florida, 1996

South Carolina State Museum, 1994

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1993

John Portman Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992

North Carolina Triennial, 1986, 1990, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

ArtQuest ’87 (Merit Award Winner), Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA, 1987

NC Arts Fellowship Award Exhibition, SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC 1985

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan