Daniel Heyman American, b. 1963


Daniel Heyman's work in drawing and printmaking is some of the most important contemporary sociopolitical art of our time.  Recent work includes the monumental woodcut Janus which debuted at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2020.  The work is presented as a three-part, traditionally hinged Japanese scroll. The woodcut was recently completed in 2019 in Philadelphia with Master Printer Cindi Ettinger. Heyman has traveled to Japan numerous times to study and create with traditional materials in hand papermaking at the Awagami Factory. 


In 2015, Heyman was invited by Professors Kim Fink and Lucy Ganje from the University of North Dakota to begin In Our Own Words: Native Impressions an outstanding project of 26 prints that chronicles stories of individual Native people who live within the tribal Nations of North Dakota. Other projects include Heyman's Iraqi Portraits giving voice to the former detainees of Abu Ghraib prison. Between 2006 and 2008, Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyer Susan Burke to witness the testimony of former prisoners held at Abu Ghraib and later released without charges. While lawyers collected statements for the lawsuit, Heyman sketched the likenesses of the detainees. Another important work, When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles Wings are Clipped, a monumental 65-part etching, has been  included in numerous exhibitions including  In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth at the Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2014); Heyman's solo exhibition I am Sorry It is Difficult to Start at The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (2013); and Here and Now curated by Innis Howe Shoemaker at The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011).



Daniel Heyman received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (1991) and his AB from Dartmouth College (1985). In 2010 Heyman was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts.  In 2009, Heyman received the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Heyman's work is in many prestigious collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Free Library of Philadelphia; Hood Museum of Art and Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Library of Congress; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (LACMA); Minneapolis Institute of Art; The New York Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; RISD Museum; Saint Louis Art Museum; and Yale University Art Gallery and Beinecke Library, Yale University; among others.

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