John Roloff is a visual artist who works conceptually with site, process, and natural systems. He is known primarily for his outdoor kiln and furnace projects done from the late 1970s to the early 1990s as well as other large-scale environmental and gallery installations investigating geologic and natural phenomena. He studied geology at UC Davis with Professor Eldridge Moores and others during the formative days of plate tectonics in the mid-1960s. Subsequently, he studied art with Bob Arneson and William T. Wiley also at UC Davis in the late 1960s.
In addition to numerous environmental, site-specific installations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, his work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne and the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales. He has received three visual arts fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a California Arts Council grant for visual artists. He is represented by the Lance Fung Gallery in NY and Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco. He is currently a Professor of Sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute.