John C.Menihan attended Phillips Exeter Academy and ultimately entered the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he designed sets, posters, and program covers for the Mask and Wig Club.
Excited by an exhibition of lithographs by Rochester architect Walter Cassabeer, Menihan acquired a lithographic press and stones and, in 1934, made the first of two trips to Zena, near Woodstock, NY, to study with master lithographer Bolton Brown. Menihan exhibited prints at the Los Angeles Museum of Fine Art, the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo (now the Albright/Knox), and the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Although he gave up art temporarily to work in his family's business making parachutes during World War II, his activity increased in the mid-1940's. "John C, Menihan, Lithographer" by Norman Kent was published in American Artist magazine in 1945.
His work is represented in the collections of the British Museum in London, the Boston Athenaeum, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the New York Public Library, The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, and other institutions.