John Foster is an educator, graphic designer, painter, and photographer and continues as a passionate collector and scholar of photography, folk- and self-taught art. For ten years (1995–2005), John was a founder and president of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri, a not-for-profit arts organization where he served as editor of the Journal for ten years. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES and is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the Folk Art Society of America. John was selected as FASA’s 2004 recipient of the Award of Distinction on the occasion of their seventeenth annual conference in Oakland, CA. John has lectured on the field of self-taught art, vernacular photography, and folk art environments and has curated numerous art exhibitions.