John Fraser works within the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. He received a BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His work is currently represented by galleries in Chicago, IL, Fort Worth, TX, The Hague, The Netherlands, and Nashville, TN (consultancy).

Fraser’s earliest exhibited work was his photography, the primary focus of his practice from the mid-1970’s through the mid-1980’s. His first one-person exhibitions were in 1980, and to date, his work has been featured in one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, in Germany, and in Canada, and in group exhibitions throughout the United States, and in Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and Iceland. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States, in public collections in Spain, Iceland, and Canada, and in private collections in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Iceland, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

His work has been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest / National Endowment for the Arts, and The Illinois Arts Council, and he has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY, at Illinois State University, twice at The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine, at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, and at Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjordur Center of Culture and Fine Art, near Reykjavik, Iceland. In February/March of 2023, Fraser was a Visiting Artist ath The American Academy in Rome, as part of their Visiting Artist/Scholar Program.

As an educator, Fraser has held adjunct studio positions at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In addition, he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Colleges and Universities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Utah, West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, and the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.