In 2008 he received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Glass Art Society at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Henry is a Fellow of The American Crafts Council and in 1994 Received the Governor’s Award from the State of Ohio. In 1998 Halem received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement from KSU. He has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. His work can be found in important major collections in both the private and public sector. In 1997 the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired two of Halem’s works which are now included in their permanent collection. Some other major museums where his work is collected include the Corning Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and internationally at the Hokkaido & Niijima Museums in Japan and the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic.
“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed.-because people are changed by art-enriched, ennobled, encouraged- they then act in a way that may affect the course of events-by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think." -L. Bernstein