DAN HOWARD (b. 1931, Iowa City) “I am disappointed when a viewer doesn’t want to come back and look again and again. It is a dual proposition. There are things I attempt to engender, that I want to portray, but the total equation is dependent on the interaction with the viewer. Without that, the painting is not complete.” Influenced by artists of such varying styles as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, De Kooning and Jack Levine, as well as many of the German Neo-Expressionists, Dan Howard’s work often blurs the line between representational and abstract art. His experimentation with different canvas preparations, his use of intense colors and his expressive brush strokes have created a myriad of visual combinations in his characteristic larger-sized oil paintings. The result is an emphasis on audience participation and the role of individual interpretation. “I want to make the viewer part of the process. That makes for a richer experience,” Howard says. Throughout his career, Howard has been both a dedicated art teacher-administrator and a gifted professional artist. He chaired the departments of art at Arkansas State University, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Howard has received 100 prizes, awards and honors including the top awards in the three longest running national open painting competitions: Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fla.; Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; and Chautauqua Institution, New York. The Omaha World-Herald has acknowledged Howard as “Nebraska’s leading award-winning artist.” His work is a part of more than 600 public, private and corporate collections including Hallmark Cards, West Law Publishing, United Airlines, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M), Holiday Inn, Pepsi Cola, Riceland Foods, Sheraton Hotels, Con Agra and numerous others.