John Yerger was a professional artist who lived in the western New York region all of his life. He attended the Vesper George Art School in Boston and received a Masters of Art degree. He was represented by the Dana Tillou Fine Art Gallery.
In 1966, Charles Burchfield himself cut the ribbon to open the Burchfield Art Center, located inside Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College. Today, the Burchfield Penney Art Center (renamed to honor donations from Charles Rand Penney) is the gateway to the campus.