John Willis received his MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Since that time he has been teaching photography and exhibiting his personal imagery. John is the Professor of Photography at Marlboro College and co -founder of The In-Sight Photography Project offering courses to southern Vermont area youth regardless of their ability to pay. He also co-founded the Exposures Cross Cultural Youth Photography Program, bringing youth together from a wide variety of backgrounds to share photography lessons and life stories. John is a recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also been, awarded other artist fellowships including; from the Vermont Council on the Arts and the Vermont Arts Endowment His work is included in numerous permanent collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The George Eastman House Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Portland Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, and, The National Museum of Native Americans. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at: The Stark Gallery in NYC, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland Oregon, Photographic Resource Center, Boston MA, and the Oglala Lakota College. John's collaborative book project with photographer Tom Young, "Recycled Realities" was co-published by the Center of American Places and Columbia College in 2005. The publication Views From The Reservation was also published by the Center for American Places and Columbia College in 2010.