Born and raised in the tough Italian neighborhood of Ducktown, Atlantic City, NJ, John Calabrese currently resides in Denton, Texas with his wife Margaret. He received his BA in Art from Catholic University, Washington, D. C., MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and his PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University.
He is Professor Emeritus of art at Texas Woman’s University where he taught art history, aesthetics, history of film noir, the art of Alfred Hitchcock, and was in charge of the studies abroad art history program which he initiated in 1994. He has published articles on Paul Klee, J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and “The Trouble with Harry.”
He has painted the boxer Joe Frazier and drawn portraits of Frank Sinatra and Mickey Mantle. He had coffee with Joe DiMaggio and is a lifelong Yankees fan.
His work has been exhibited in numerous national juried exhibits among which are: “Wanderlust” Art Fluent Online Gallery, MA; “Intergalactic Open” Shock Boxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA; 14th Annual Contemporary International Drawing Discourse, Univ. of NC, Ashville; 28th Arts North International, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN; and the upcoming CAL International, Conroe Art League, Conroe, TX and another “Wanderlust” Webster Arts Gallery, Webster Groves, MO.