John Bunker has been a professional artist over the last 45 or so years. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA, he also holds an advanced degree (MA) from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, where he was a recipient of a fellowship in the humanities.
Bunker has exhibited his paintings widely, including one person exhibitions at the Jacksonville Art Museum, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Science and History-Jacksonville, Thrasher Horne Center For the Arts in Orange Park, Florida, the Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport, Georgia Southern College, The University of North Florida, Winwrights, Stellers Gallery of Ponte Vedra Beach, Gallery Contemporanea, Fairfax Gallery, Phillips Gallery of Jacksonville University and the Ormond Museum of Art and Gardens among others. He has participated in numerous group and theme exhibitions throughout the United States.
His works are included in diverse public and private and corporate collections both in this country and abroad. Selected collections include: AT&T Universal Card, The Mayo Clinic, Dependable Insurance, Nordstroms Department Stores, NCNB Tampa, Hope Haven Clinic, Kenneth Smith Architects, Wachovia Banks, Bank of America, Barnett Banks of Florida, Sawgrass Country Club, the Vestcor Companies, Telecheck, Amelia Island Plantation, Mutual Federal Savings and Loan, Vistakon, Dean Witter, First Coast Oncology Centers, Sterlings Restaurant, Doctor’s Hospital, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, IDAC, McGarvey Residential Companies, Old San Jose on the River, The Orlando Jetport, Baptist South Hospitals, Timuquana Country Club Stein Mart and The Sea Colony of St.Augustine Beach.
Other paintings are included in the permanent Collections of the City of Jacksonville, City of Murmansk, Russia, The Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, North Florida College, Georgia Southern College, Riverside House, The Florida Senate. The University of North Florida as well as others.
Bunker also sustained an extensive career with Art Museums culminating in his past directorships of the Jacksonville Art Museum and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. He was a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum’s Museum Management Institute and the Getty’s Museum Management Institute at UC Berkeley. An active volunteer for the arts in Florida over three decades, he has served as president of the Riverside Concert Board, CityArt of Jacksonville, Jacksonville International Airport arts commission, Board member of the Patrons of the Hearts, and the Jacksonville Public Arts Committee. He is currently on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. In 2007 Bunker was awarded the prestigious Individual Arts Award for his 30 years of service by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.