John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. He attended St. Lawrence University and then Kent State University where he earned his BFA. After earning his MFA from Cornell University in 1976, he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and later at the University of Maryland, College park, teaching drawing and sculpture. In 1986, he moved to NYC area to pursue studio work full time. He now lives and works in a restored historic structure in the Adirondacks. Van Alstine has had one-person exhibitions at college art galleries and museums such as DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts; Jersey City Museum and Morris Museum in New Jersey; Sonsbeek International Art Center in the Netherlands. His sculptures, vibrant pastels, and photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chicago’s Pier Walk Annuals, and Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan. Van Alstine’s work can also be seen in the outdoor extension of his studio, “The Adirondack Sacandaga River Sculpture Park.” The park was designed by the artist, and features an ongoing, changing exhibition of his sculpture in addition to musical concerts and other public events funded by the NY State Council on the Arts outreach program.