Born and raised in the tough Italian neighborhood of Ducktown, Atlantic City, NJ, John Calabrese received his BA in Art from Catholic University, Washington, DC, his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute where he studied under George McNeil, and his Ph. D. in Comparative Arts from Ohio University, Athens.
He is Professor Emeritus of Art, at Texas Woman's University where he taught art history, aesthetics, the history of film noir, and the art of Alfred Hitchcock, and was in charge of the art history study abroad program which he initiated in 1994. He has published articles on Paul Klee, J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", and Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and "The Trouble with Harry."
He has painted the boxer Joe Frazier and drawn portraits ion Frank Sinatra and Mickey Mantle. He had coffee with Joe Di Maggio and is a lifelong Yankee fan.