John F. Lochtefeld’s professional career in the arts thrived following his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii. The latter was earned while on duty for the US Army, while stationed there.
The artist chose a career as an academic; a Professor of Fine Art first at Mercyhurst and Kutztown Universities, both in Pennsylvania, before accruing 25 years on the faculty of Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York.
Since 1969 Lochtefeld has raised a family, lived and worked on Nantucket Island.
Professor, printmaker, painter and sculptor, John Lochtefeld has been celebrated during his tenure and since among more than 20 invitational and solo exhibitions. Works are held in private and public collections from Western Europe and across the Americas to Honolulu and Tokyo. Awards including the Emile Jacque Gold Medal from the University of Notre Dame the Berwick Award for Watercolor, the Gannon Award for Liturgical Art and dozens of awards among exhibitions mounted by the Artists’ Association of Nantucket.
“Perhaps intending to express truth and the idea that behind the physical world lay a spiritual reality. John Lochtefeld’s work synthesizes elements from the intellectual theory and visual vocabularies of Paul Klee, Marc Chagall and other Symbolists, Expressionists and Cubists who’s avant guard dismissal of Classicism – and even Impressionism – pioneered the Modernist movement.” ~ Carolyn Walsh