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summerart2018: About the Artist

Dan Woodward, "Impressions of the Civil War in the West"

Dan Woodward, internationally shown artist, composer, writer, and educator, studied painting at an early age with Frederick Sillers, a realist painter from Washington, D.C., and later, etching with California master printmaker Robert Freeman. “In 1961 I left my home state of Missouri to attend college in California. After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (1968-69), and graduation from California State University-Los Angeles, I studied, taught, and painted in Southern California, Mexico, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Orient. Paintings can be seen in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. His current project, Impressions of the Civil War in the West, has been traveling since the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. While on display at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, curator Karen Maxville said, “His exhibit explores the soldier’s experience throughout the war, enabling the viewer to connect visually and emotionally to the plight of soldiers then and today.” The artist knows firsthand what it was like to be a soldier.