Sandia Peak, New Mexico, USA
John Wenger was born in Salem, Oregon in 1940.
He attended the University of Oregon, Art Institute of Chicago and University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a BFA.
In 1970, Wenger was awarded a two year Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy. Returning to the United States, he taught classes and earned his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Tucson at the University of Arizona.
Upon graduation, Wenger accepted a full time teaching position at the University of New Mexico, where he taught painting for 30 years; inventing the art department’s first, outdoor expedition art classes, called Wilderness Studio.
All through this period, Wenger is prolific in the studio and enjoys many one-person exhibitions and museum group and invitational shows throughout the southwest and Nationally. John Wenger continues to lead artists in the outback to view ancient pictographs and recently has collaborated on remote site video projects documenting the first American Painters from the Archaic Era-some 8,000 years ago. (Southeastern Utah) And most recently has created and directed a video festival in Oregon called VideoTide where he presented ten video artists from TX, NM, and OR.