John Sebelius Biography


John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker who holds a MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Kansas and BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sebelius’s work has been featured in: Harper’s, Express, DETAILS, Review, CNN, Aspen Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. John has shown work in Gallery Two (Sydney, Australia), Woods-Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Kansas City Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum (Aspen, CO). 


Sebelius’s short documentaries have screened at Austin Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Free State Film Festival, and The American School of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo. The citizens of Lawrence, KS voted him the Best Artist of 2017. Sebelius created Artistic Expressions Healing Arts Initiative, an art program for veteran's who have experienced military related trauma was awarded a 2017 and 2018 ARTSConnect TOPArts Grant and 2018 Rocket Grants (Spencer Art Museum, Charlotte Street Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.) Artistic Expressions was launched at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center on January 16th, 2018. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him as the featured artist for My Cause, My Cleats 2018 and John lives with his wife Allie and dog Norman in Lawrence, KS.

John Sebelius CV (pdf)