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John Fink 

Alumnus, 1960

John (Jack) Fink was born in Decatur, Illinois and grew up in a working class family and neighborhood, where many of the fathers worked in the nearby factories or with the railroad, while mothers were homemakers. John, the youngest of four children, was the first in his family to go to college. John graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, did post-graduate work at Ohio University, Illinois State University, Pratt Institute, and was awarded the Masters of Arts degree from New York University. With a short time teaching art in public schools, John eventually came to Long Island, N.Y.. Called by former Millikin Art Department Chairman, Russell Housman, he accepted a teaching position at Nassau Community College, SUNY,  as one of the founding members of the Art Department at the former Mitchell Field complex. In his teaching career John has achieved the highest rank of Professor and received the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In addition to his teaching, John Fink is an award-winning artist and has been affiliated with Manhattan and Long Island galleries for the exhibition and sale of his work, while individuals throughout the country collect his art. Mr. Fink is a frequent guest artist at a variety of institutions offering demonstrations and workshops in pottery and sculpture to aspiring artists and collectors. Although his ceramic pottery is mostly functional cups, bowls and teapots, his sculptures are made of hand-fabricated ceramic combined with mixed materials. These works of art reflect the duality of his nature: a sense of humor and a serious side, but always plumbing the depths of what it means to be human. Some compositions are created for indoor placement, others for outdoor garden settings. Some of these outdoor pieces are designed as fountains. See John Fink’s art on his web site at www.johnfinkart.com

“ Why does anybody tell a story, create art? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”  - Madeline L’Engle

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL