Originally from Lakewood, Washington, John Holmgren received his Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University in 2004, and in 2007 received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2010 he accepted a position at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has been awarded many grants and awards. Holmgren has taught a variety of photography, mixed media and printmaking courses at numerous institutions, including the University of Minnesota, College of Visual Arts, University of Oregon, Prescott College and Wright State University. He is also an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.