Dan Howard (b. 1931)
Dan Howard was born on August 4, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa and received both his BA and MFA from the University of Iowa. In 1958, he joined the faculty at Arkansas State University and was appointed chariman in 1965. He went on to serve as chairman of the art department at Kansas State University before finally becoming chairman of the art department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1974, where he presently remains.
Howard paints semirealistic paintings that fall between abstraction and representational art. His large canvases display his gestural, swirling style that resembles the works of the Abstract Expressionists. He strives for movemement to "force the eye over the picture plane"; he wants the viewers to see images that do not appear at first glance. Acknowledged as Nebraska's most highly decorated artist, Dan Howard has been recipient of 100 prizes, awards and honors during a 40 years career as professional artist and educator. As an educator, he was a faculty member and administrator at three state universities: Arkansas State, Kansas State and recently retired after twenty-two years at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dan Howard has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, with artwork represented in well over 350 competitive and invitational showcases. Further, more than 600 public, corporate and private art collections in this country and abroad have one or more Howard works among their acquisitions. More specifically, in the corporate sector the artist has placed his work in the national collections of such entities as Hallmark Cards, West Law Publishing, United Airlines, American Airlines, U.S.West, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M), Pepsi Cola, Chicago Steel Corporation, Riceland Foods, Sheraton Hotels, Holiday Inns, Coopers & Lybrand, Con Agra and numerous banking and financial/insurance institutions.