John DeHoog

A photo of John DeHoog

Full Professor

3D Media; Foundations

101 - Briggs


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MFA Rhode Island School of Design


John was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971.  His family settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan after stays in both Japan and Iowa.   After attending various universities around Michigan, John took an education hiatus to work in a cannery in Alaska.  It was there that he found his calling in the pages of American Craft while scouring the tables of free magazines at the Anchorage Public Library.  He received his BFA (Furniture Design) from Northern Michigan University in 1996 and his MFA (Furniture Design) from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000.  John has recently exhibited work at the University of Michigan Residential College Gallery, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Midland Center for the Arts, and the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum.  He lives in Ann Arbor and has a studio in his home.


  • John DeHoog's Artwork
  • John DeHoog's Artwork

Artist's Statement

My background is in furniture design, so most of what I make involves wood, and references furniture or usefulness in some way without being bound to traditional forms. Like most people who work seriously with wood, I have a deep respect for craft and see wood as a somewhat mysterious material with eccentric qualities. Part of my interest in the material is in discovering how to best work with its physical and visual qualities.

While part if me is indeed a wood worker and furniture maker, I also like to work with other various materials and in other ways. I am very interested in sculpture, and indeed some of my work is more akin to sculpture, with little reference to utility. During the teaching of a summer course at the Parson’s Center, I have the chance to make small sculptures installed in the Michigan north woods. The first three images are examples of this.