Bachelor, Amherst College, 1942. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, 1949. Master of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield, Michigan, 1951.
Consultant Mutual Security Agency, The Philippines, 1951-1952. Professor art Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, from 1954. Consultant United States government, Taipai, Taiwan, 1960, Peace Corps, Puerto Rico, 1964.
Member examining board Charter Oak College, Farmington, Connecticut, since 1987. Member Commission on Arts and Culture, Middletown, since 1987. 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1942-1946, PTO. Member Society Connecticut Craftsmen (master craftsman award 1991).
Married Mary Kring, June 2, 1949. Children: Kathryn Hanford, John Hollister Junior.