Dan is currently a full-time painter and sculptor and has been for over 27 years. Highlights of his career include projects with the following institutions: The Smithsonian Institute National Building Museum and the Phipps Center for the Arts, Disney, Animal Planet Television, Paisley Park Studio (Prince), The Mayo Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis. Of particular note was his work with Dayton’s/Macy’s where he assisted in the design of 25 large-scale narrative installations, (13,000 square feet), was lead sculptor and directed the creation of approximately 1100 sculptures over a 16-year period. He collaborated with such notables as author Tomie dePaola, Liccy Dahl (for whom he designed sculptures that are permanently on display at the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire, England) and Sesame Street’s Jim Martin and Tim Lagasse. He has work in over 60 public collections and has been featured in several media outlets including KARE 11, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, FM 107.7 Radio “The Ian and Marjorie Show” and Midwest Home Magazine. He has received grants and awards in juried competitions through the years, most recently “Best of Show-Painting” at the national juried Uptown Art Festival in 2008. He is currently represented nationally by several galleries including Aesthetics, Inc. in San Diego, CA and American Art Resources Gallery in Houston, TX.
Dan has been offering instruction in his studio for over 14 years. He teaches both painting and drawing in a community ed format. He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and his teaching experience includes work with the following institutions: The University of MInnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Skelleftea, Sweden, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Minnetonka Center for the Arts, The Edina Art Center and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.