John A. O’Connor

john_portraitA Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Florida and Founder of oconnorartLLC, John A. O’Connor is a practicing professional artist with more than forty years experience in teaching, administration and community service. He studied art in Sacramento, San Francisco and Mexico City and holds an A.B. and M.A.A. in Art from the University of California-Davis. John taught at the University of California-Santa Barbara; Blake College, Valle de Bravo, Mexico; and Ohio University, Athens, before moving to Florida in 1969 where he taught art and art history, served as Interim Chair of the Department of Art, and founded the Center for the Arts and Public Policy–the first arts policy center in the US. He also founded the Florida Higher Education Arts Network–the first statewide association of fine arts administrators in public and private colleges and universities in the US. In addition to having 36 solo exhibitions and participating in more than 200 group exhibitions, John also served for many years as the Program Consultant in the Visual and Performing Arts for the State University System of Florida Board of Regents. He has organized numerous conferences and symposia including several on the Public Art Process and the Health Hazards of Artist’s Materials and Environments. He has been awarded numerous grants for his research as well as for his individual artwork. The links listed below provide a more detailed documentation of his expertise and accomplishments.