Education
1990 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Painting
1989 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1985 University of Chicago, AB, Biology
Awards
2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant to Sculptors and Painters
2002 SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2002 Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship
2001 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
2001 ArtCouncil Grant to Individual Artists
1993 Outstanding Ford Foundation Fellow
1988-90 School of the Art Institute of Chigago, Trustee's Fellowship
Solo Exhibitions
2005 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
2003 John Bankston: Wild West, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Chance Romance, Michael Zink & Gegner Gallery, Munich, Germany
2002 Temptation and Desire, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
2001 Starry Night, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2001 John Bankston: Lovers, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 The Capture and Escape of Mr.M, Chapter I, The Studio Museum  in Harlem, New York, NY
1999  John Bankston: Recent Work, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibitions
2005 African Queen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2005 The Anniversary Show, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2005 Celebrating Heritage: Art and the Chris Webber Collection, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (four person show with Mike Henderson, David Huffman and Dominique Moody)
2005 Spice Boxes an Inveitational: Scents of Purpose, Artists Interpret the Spice Box, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
2005 Eureka Fellowship 2002-2004, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2004 Comics Stripped, Off the Preserve! Gallery, di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, Napa, CA
2004 East of the Sun and West of the Moon, White Columns, New York, NY
2003 Comic Release, Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
2003 2002 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2003 Splat, Boom, Pow, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2003 American Art Today: Faces & Figures, The Art Museum at Florida International University
2002 Tribe, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002 Fantasyland, D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Breathless, Lombard-Freid Fine Art, New York, NY
2001 Comic Relief, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2000 A Big Picture Show, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1999 Countdown, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Insomnia, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Fellows Invitational, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1997 Group Show, Linetzky Molinero Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1996 Don Baum Says Chicago Has Famous Artists, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1994 Just Good Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1994 Illinois Center (curated by Struve Gallery), Chicago, IL
1994 D.B.'s Grab Bag, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1994 Emerging Talent: African-American Artists in California, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
1993 Emerging Chicago Abstraction, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
1992 Chicago International Art Exhibition, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Abstraction, 1991, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Abstraction - New Talent, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Five Friend, Fifty Fingers, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
1990 Artist from Outline, MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Skowhegan Group Show, Hokin-Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Illinois Art Center, Chicago, IL
1990 MFA Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1990 John Bankston and Jake Webster, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI
1989 A Part of the Whole, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Public Collections
City of Chicago, Harold Washington Memorial Library Center, IL
Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI
The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL