1976 M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
1972 B.A. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

His work is in museum collections including:
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Erie Museum, Erie, PA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Mr. Garrett has exhibited his work extensively for the past thirty years. Some important shows have been:
1981 Made in LA:Contemporary Crafts '81, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Art and/or Craft: USA and Japan, Kanazawa, Japan
1984 Vehta Biennale, Romaanse Kerk, Brussels, Belgium
1986 Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
1987 The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum, Tulsa OK
1988 Frontiers in Fiber: The Americans, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
1989 Craft Today, USA; Musee Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
1990 Explorations: The Aesthetic of Excess, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1993 USA-Today, Netherlands Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
1993 Subversive Crafts, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
1996 Viewpoint: Art as Message, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1997 Trashformations, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
1998 9th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
2002 John Garrett Retrospective, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
2003 Environmental Installation: Paper Wall, UW-River Falls, WI
2004 Inaugural Exhibition, Artspace 116, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Recycle, Reuse, Recreate; Artspace Gallery, Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY
2006 The Windows Project, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2007 The Baroque Line, The Bemis Center, Omaha, NE
2010 Caravan: An Installation, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Mr. Garrett fellowships in 1983 and 1995. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council College of Fellows in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievement and leadership in the field.