John Hawk received his MFA from CalArts in Art and Film/Video in 1991. His work has been screened and exhibited at numerous museums, galleries and film festivals, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Seattle Art Museum, 911 Media Arts in Seattle, EZTV in Los Angeles as well as PBS and CNN television.
He was a grand prize winner with his video, "The Anabaptists" in the 1994 Seattle Video Shorts Festival and received the Silver Award for his video, "Signal to Noise" in the 1997 New York EXPO of Short Film and Video. "Signal to Noise" was subsequently screened at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan, EXPO 98, the Worlds Fair in Lisbon, Portugal, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Dokumentarfilm und Videofest in Kassel, Germany, the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas and Transmediale 2000 in Berlin. His film "Nadaland" won a Juror’s Award at the 2006 Berkeley Art Center International Small Film Festival while his video, "Parts Per Million" was screened at the 2006 Not Still Art International Electronic Media Festival in Brooklyn, New York.
Collaborating with biologist Michael Bryant their film "Menopause in Guppies" was screened at the Berlin Directors Lounge Festival 2013. The Echo Park Film Center presented a retrospective of his film and installation work in the Fall of 2014.