John Cullen at his studio in the Adirondacks

The Artist.

This is my story. I am a professional fine artist and educator. At age eleven I knew my future path. In high school I was the class artist. I continued drawing and painting for several years and after a stint in the Army I attended The San Francisco Institute of Art. Since 1952 that path became more directed when I spent the summer on scholarship at the Wayman Adams Old Mill Art School in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. In 1963 I began a fine art program at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, graduating in 1966 with a diploma in Fine Art. Afterwards I pursued a B.S. in Art Education at New York University completing that in 1969. From there I went to Pratt Institute achieving my M.S. in Art Education and Painting in 1970. While at Pratt I studied with Ralph Wickiser, Joachem Seidl and George Peters who was my advisor. Also at Pratt I was an intern teacher in Life Drawing.

My first teaching job was as an art teacher at East Side High School in Newark, NJ in 1967. I then taught art appreciation and art history at Middlesex County Community College in Edison, NJ for two years while working on my masters degree. After a brief hiatus from teaching I taught art in the Syracuse Public Schools from 1976 until 1995 when I retired. Another seven years of painting and drawing went by before I started teaching again. In 2001 I was offered a position at the Vero Beach Museum of Art teaching Basic and Advanced Drawing. I continue to teach these courses along with a course in Mixed Media and Colored Pencils. My students are adults at various levels of experience and skills.

My gallery affiliation began at the Hanover Gallery in Syracuse, NY. Concurrent with this I became a member of Associated Arts of Syracuse showing and selling my paintings. This was a very fruitful experience through which I achieved several important awards in juried regional shows culminating with the prestigious Gordon Steele Award at Cazenovia College in 1987. At this time I became associated with the Old Forge Arts Center showing and winning awards of distinction and First Place Awards that continue even up to recently. 

I am a past vice president of the Adirondack Art Association where I have exhibited my work over the last 10 years and have sold many paintings. I was also a board member of the Cultural Resources Center of Syracuse, NY from 1996–1998. Besides being on the faculty of the Vero Beach Museum of Art I am also a participating Museum member. Recently, I was invited to critique paintings from the 29th annual National Watercolor Exhibit in Old Forge, NY, called the “Walk-About” before an audience of one hundred artists and guests.