A Veteran Centric Arts Initiative


John Brooks

John Brooks US Army

John served in the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. Stationed in the Central Highlands near Dak To, his unit, 4th Med Air Medevac , flew dustoff missions during the TET Offensive in 1968. After returning to civilian life John studied in California and eventually returned to Indiana where he completed a degree in Fine Arts from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He has pursued a career in Art ever since. 

John spent nearly a decade as Artist and Designer with the Indianapolis Children’s Museum as it made it’s transition into the internationally‚Äźknown institution it has become today. Later, while working with the 2nd Globe Group, he was project manager for the creation of 92 sculptural works installed at the new Indiana State Museum in White River Park. Brooks has operated a private studio of over 25 years specializing in Brooks’ personal Art spans a wide spectrum, from traditional oil painting to large scale metal sculpture. 

John is dedicated to helping fellow veterans in finding meaningful work in the Arts: “We owe a great debt to those who stand a post and put themselves in harm’s way to protect this country. Veterans Antiquities offers a great opportunity for vets making the tough transition from combat military to civilian life. I’m proud to be part of this organization.”

Featured Works

Iron Wrench

Curved and Rusty, Solid iron wrench aprox 14" long and mounted on a contempo pine base.


Lug Wrench

A perfect item for religious mechanics. 18" tall Iron lug wrench mounted on a limestone base.