John Bakker is a Chicago based artist. His work has been represented by two of Chicago's most significant Chicago galleries and included in private, corporate, and public collections. His work has been exhibited in the Midwest and across the country. In 2015, he was the Knox College Artist-in-Residence. 
 
Bakker is also an educator. From 1982-2014 he chaired of the Department of Art and Design at Trinity Christian College in Chicago’s south suburb of Palos Heights where he still teaches. Among the graduates of Trinity's program are prominent artists, designers, highly placed art world professionals, professors and educators.

Over the last three decades he has periodically served as the director of Trinity’s Seerveld Gallery, a premier site for serious contemporary art in Chicago’s south suburbs.