Blue Sky was born Warren Edward Johnson in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 18, 1938. He attended Dreher High School before his acceptance at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and education.
At the prestigous Springs Mills show, he was judged “best of show” by Henry Geldzahler, then curator of the Metropolitan Museum, whereupon Sky was invited to move to New York to study at the Art Students League.
Sky has been painting professionally for over 45 years, and has been solely supported by his art since 1970. In 1974, he legally changed his name to Blue Sky, and engraved it across his most famous work, Tunnelvision, a year later.
Tunnelvision was featured in the February 1976 issue of People Magazine, and it has appeared in dozens of publications since. Sky has exhibited alongside such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Andrew Wyeth, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, George Tooker, and Winslow Homer.
In 2000, Sky received the “Order of the Palmetto” – South Carolina’s highest civilian state honor.
Vicky Saye Henderson
I am a working actor and teaching artist. I find great purpose and passion in what I do, and I enjoy finding new ways to make my art form more enterprising and relevant within my community. My performance projects include live stage, film, TV, commercials, voice-overs and vocalist work. As a teaching artist, I am approved by the SC Arts Commission and listed on their teaching artist roster, offering arts residencies to schools K-12 and colleges. A strong believer in career cross-pollination, I design and facilitate professional development opportunities for businesses, organizations, churches and individuals using the “up-on-you-feet,” versatile, perspective-shifting and solution-oriented mediums of improvisation and theatre arts. I oversee a variety of actor training programs for several theaters in the Midlands of SC. I am in my 11th season as a company member and instructor at Trustus Theatre, the professional theatre house in Columbia, SC. I look for performance projects that afford me opportunities to work with highly creative, collaborative and knowledgeable artisans who are focused on crafting works with extraordinarily high production values and societal relevance. I relish my role as an educator of other actors, equipping them with the tools needed to be effective in achieving their career goals.