John Edward Koegel was born in Cumberland, Maryland in 1946. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received his B.A. from Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC in 1969. After teaching English for a short period, Koegel pursued a Master’s degree in Mexico at the Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende. In 1978, he was awarded a Hayes-Fulbright grant for travel and study in India. His drawings have been exhibited at the Heath Gallery in Atlanta in 1984 and 1988. He taught at Warren Wilson College and was the Coordinator of Special Projects at the Heath Gallery in Atlanta.