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Dan Woodson was born in New Castle, Indiana, in 1945 and attended school in Muncie, where he currently resides.
In 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. military. Returning home to Indiana in 1967, he began a 33-year career in the sign industry. He also became a master sign painter, winning a national design competition in 1998.
With no formal training in fine art, Woodson has received much recognition for his paintings. Since first competing in 1993, his regional and national awards include:
- Top 200 of 1,715 entries, National Arts for the Parks,
Jackson Hole, WY, 1999
- First Place, five consecutive times, T.C. Steele
Outdoor - Competition, Nashville, IN , 1996-99.
- Two straight Best of Show Awards, Indiana Heritage
Arts, Nashville, IN, 2000-2001
- Best Impressionist Oil, 1998/Outstanding Indiana
- Landscape, Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis, IN, 1999.
- Purchase Award, 2001 Hoosier Salon
- Exceptional Merit Award, 2001 Hoosier Salon
- Purchase Award, 1997 Hoosier Salon
He and co-founder Anne Carter conceived and implemented the statewide Indiana Plein-Air Painters Association, with 310 members to date (2005). In 1998, he was one of five artists participating in the Painting Indiana Project.
In the Painting Indiana book, Dan said, “Success is not what you gain as a result; it is knowing in your heart that you did your best, regardless of the results.” Dan's work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Painting Indiana: En Plein View at the Richmond Art Museum this Fall.