Bachelor of Arts - Luther College Decorah, Iowa, 1960

Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Painting, Minor in Art History at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1963. During this time he also studied under Mauricio Lasansky.

Sabbatical Study with Stanley William Hayter, Atelier 17, Paris, France, 1974

Professional Background

Art Teacher, West Elementary School, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1963-1964

Adjunct Faculty, Silvermine College of Art, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1964

Professor of Fine Art, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, 1967-1998. He was also the first professor hired to the College and developed the Fine Arts Curriculum.


University of Minnesota, "Design Elements", Art Department, 1979

St. Catherine's College, St. Paul, Minnesota, "Observations on Paintings by David Feinburg


Owner of the John A. Knudsen Workshop/Gallery, Union Pier, Michigan, 1993-2014

1980s-1990s Facilitated study abroad programs of Harper College students to Europe and developed courses of Independent Study, Study programs were taken to the National Gallery, Loon, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Salisbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, Ragland Castle, Wells Cathedral, Paris, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Etienne du Mont, Pantheon, Versailles, La Tuilleries, Pompidou Center and other Locations.

He also participated in: International Print Competition, Seattle, Washington, National Print Exhibition, North Dakota State, N.D., National Print Show, Boston Printmakers, Boston, MA, National Print Competition, Silvermine Guild, Silvermine, Connecticut, Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition, 1968,69,70 and 71.

One Man Shows

Garrett University, Evanston, Illinois, Paintings and Prints,  scheduled for September 2016

Retrospective, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, Paintings and Prints. October 2015

Brychta Frame Shop, Harbert, MI, 2012

River Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000

Studio Arts Gallery, University of Minnesota, Paintings and Prints, October 1989

Thornton Community College Gallery 4141, Prints, 1982

Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, Prints, 1981

The University of Minnesota, Paintings, 1976

The Illini Union, University of Illinois, Paintings and Prints, 1973

The F. M. Gallery, Concordia College, Fargo, N.D., Paintings, 1971

Work selected for The Art Institute of Chicago's Chicago and Vicinity Exhibiition 1968,69,70,71

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, Prints and Drawings, 1971

Harper College, An Exhibit of Prints and Drawings, 1971

Christian College, Columbia, Missouri, Prints and Drawings, 1964

Arkansas State University, Prints and Drawings, 1964

State University of New York, Plattsburg, N.y., Drawings, 1963

Past Gallery Affiliations

The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota . The Workshop Gallery of Letterio Calapai, Glencoe, Illinois . The White House Gallery, Williams Bay, Wisconsin . Art Collectors, 82 Christopher Street, New York, NY . North American Art League, Inc., DeKalb, Illinois . The Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois . The River Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota