B.A. University of Kentucky, 1984
M.F.A. The Ohio State University, 1992
Figurative Art in a variety of media and styles, ceramic sculpture, ceramic materials and glaze techniques, drawing and drawing techniques, portraiture, oil painting, and graphic design
John Thrasher is a professor of Art at the Ohio State University's regional campus in Mansfield Ohio. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky with a concentration in drawing and sculpture. He worked as a free-lance medical illustrator and as an art teacher from 1984 to 1990. In 1990 he began graduate work at OSU's Columbus campus, with a focus on ceramic sculpture, glaze and materials science and drawing. After the completion of his Master of Fine Art, John taught drawing in both the department of art and the college of architecture. He has exhibited his art nationally and internationally. The primary focus of his work is figurative representation in a variety of styles and expressive contexts. Current studio work ranges from ceramic sculptural relief to a 12 year series of pastel drawings that feature a variety of drawing techniques and images. He received one of nine Graduate Associate Teaching Awards in 1991, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999, and Outstanding Teaching Awards on the Mansfield Campus in 1996, and 2001. In 2005 he was a finalist for the Undergraduate Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching at Ohio State, and in 2007, recognized in the annual publication of Who's Who Among America's College Teachers. In 2006 he was the International Artist-in Residence at the Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 2009 he traveled to Japan to present his artworks to the mayor and citizens of Tamura City, Japan, as part of a Sister Cities delegation from Mansfield. He says his trips to Burning Man are among the most extravagant and compelling visual and physical experiences he can remember. For John, art is not just a job; it is a way of life.