John received a BA at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 1974 where he was awarded the Ruth Chaney Goodwin Award. He also obtained a MFA at Pratt Institute of Design in 1980 where he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and was named Pratt Studio Scholar.
He has been practicing Interior Design since 1974, is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Connecticut, and is the principal of the West Haven based design firm, Arabolos Design Associates founded in l982. His firm specializes in restaurants, kitchens, baths, home theater, and design for residential, new construction, renovations and remodeling.
Throughout his earlier career he has worked for; Element Design Group of Fairfield, CT, Cohen Design of Westport and New Haven, CT, and Boca Raton, Florida, Domus Contemporary Interiors of Orange, CT, and Gordon Micunis Interiors Inc. of Stamford, CT.
He has won many design competition awards and has had his design work published in numerous local and national publications including Kitchen and Bath Design Guide and Hanley Wood Inc. publications, Kitchen and Bath Magazine, Women’s Day Innovation Series publications, and Connecticut Magazine.
He is a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) where he served as a Board member for eight years. He is also Past President of CCID (Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers), and the current V.P. of Legislation. He is currently in his thirteenth year as an Executive Board member.
John has also been a practicing professional artist since l969 exhibiting his work throughout the country. Since 2001 he has been represented by the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT. He has won numerous art competition awards and has had his work published by Art New England, Gallery & Studio, Direct Art, Periodicals, and the New Haven Register.
State of Connecticut Interior Designer, Lic./Reg. No. 579
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Past President and Executive Board Member
Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers (CCID)
Past President, Current V.P. Legislation, Executive Board Member
Connecticut Building Officials Association
Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT
Whitney Museum, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, CT
National ASID Referral Service Task Force, Washington, DC
“Interior Design Licensing Study Committee”, Appointed by the
CT General Law Committee
“Interior Design Advisory Committee” for the CT Department of Consumer Protection, Appointed by Gloria Schaffer
Sub Committees – “Design Build” and “Multi-Disciplinary”, Appointed by the
CT Coalition of Interior Designers, Investigative Recommendations to the
CT Department of Consumer Protection
M.F.A., Pratt Institute of Design, Brooklyn, NY
B.A., Hartford Art School, The University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Chaotic Symmetries,The Artwork of John Arabolos, Herlin/Gist Press, March 2005
Ashley Group Publications, 2003 Homebook Design, Excellence Award Winners –
1st Place Gold Awards:
- Kitchen Design/Construction
- Mill work
2nd Place Silver Award:
- Remodeling Project
Ashley Group Publications, 2003, Best of the Best Luxury Homes Magazine
American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2003 Winter Issue
American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2002 Spring Issue
Architecture, March 2000 Issue
Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, 1994-Annual, Hanley Wood Inc. Publication
Kitchen & Bath, Summer Volume IV #2, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
Kitchen & Bath, Fall Volume IV #3, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
Connecticut Magazine, March 1995