Dan Howard (b. 1931, Iowa City)
Identified by the Omaha World-Herald as Nebraska’s most highly decorated artist, Dan Howard has been recipient of 100 prizes, awards, and honors during a 5O-year career as a professional artist and art educator. Born, raised, and educated in Iowa, Howard received both B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art from the University of Iowa. As an educator, he was a faculty member and administrator at three state universities: Arkansas State, Kansas State, and for 22 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, serving ten years as department chair from 1974 to 1983.
Dan Howard has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, with artwork represented in well over 350 competitive and invitational showcases; major art galleries in at least twelve cities carried his work over a period of several years including a prominent SOHO gallery in New York City during the decade of the 1990s. Further, more than 600 public, corporate, and private art collections in this country and abroad have one or more Howard works among their acquisitions. In the competitive arena, he was the recipient of the top awards in the three major national painting competitions; the Chautauqua in New York, Butler in Ohio, and Society of Four Arts in Florida.
Howard artist has placed his work in the national collections of such corporate entities as Hallmark Cards, West Law Publishing, United Airlines, American Airlines, Qwest (Century Link), Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M), Pepsi Cola, Chicago Steel Corporation, Riceland Foods, Sheraton Hotels, Holiday Inns, Coopers & Lybrand, ConAgra, TD Ameritrade, and numerous banking and financial/insurance institutions. Locally, Assurity Life Insurance, Farmers Mutual Insurance, Great Western Bank and the Lied Center for Performing Arts prominently feature Howard’s artwork in their respective buildings.
As to public art collections, Howard’s art is held by many institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum,Washington, D.C.; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Sioux City Art Museum, IA; Fort Dodge Art Museum, IA; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE and others.