Born in upstate New York in 1952, John Van Analstine grew up in the southern Adirondacks Mountains. After attending St. Lawrence University, Kent State University (BFA 1974) and Cornell University (MFA 1976) he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie and later the University of Maryland, College Park to teach drawing and sculpture. In 1986 he left teaching and moved to the NYC area to pursue
studio work full time. Twelve years ago he purchased a 19th century industrial complex on the banks of the Sacandaga River and returned to the Adirondacks where he now lives and works in the restored historic structure.
Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely (including over 50 solo exhibitions) in this country as well as in Europe and Asia. He has completed many major large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions recently installing a large outdoor work for the 2008 Olympic Park, Beijing and a 35’ tall piece for the new Indianapolis Airport. He recently installed a new 28” work “FUNAMBULIST” on the Michigan State campus in East Lansing. He is a recipient of many individual arts grants and fellowships including from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and a number of state artist’s grants.