Jack Henderson taught at the Art Students League for many years and had a studio in at 30 East 14th Street, New York City. In that building were many other artists including Edward Laning, a teacher and long-time collaborator of Henderson’s. A Kansas City native, Henderson was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He continued the Kenneth Hayes Miller/Laning tradition of travel to Italy to study the masters of the Renaissance and the goal of fine figure drawing as the ultimate artistic achievement. A version of his monumental triptych, New York in Ruin, 1967, is in the collection of the New York Landmarks Commission.