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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted February 2005, is from the artist whose studio is in East Dorset, Vermont.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, Don Wynn has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Indiana University, institutions where he studied with Lennart Anderson, William Bailey, and James McGarrell. He has been a Visiting Artist at many universities and institutions, including Yale University and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has received awards from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; and the New York State CAPS Program.

Wynn's active and diverse exhibition career began with the first of numerous New York City solo shows in 1964. In 1970, his work first received international recognition in the Whitney Museum's landmark Twenty-Two Realists exhibition. In 1978, he was the first living artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Adirondack Museum. In 1995, the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired one of his oils for its Twentieth Century Collection (the first Adirondack resident artist so honored since Rockwell Kent). Wynn has had recent solo exhibits in New York City, Ann Arbor, Saratoga Springs, and Tokyo.

He has been reviewed in "The New York Times", "ARTnews", "Arts", "The New Yorker", "Art International", and many other publications and is included in all major fine arts reference volumes in the United States and abroad, including "Who's Who in American Art".

Although Wynn's work was classified as New Realism at the start of his career, many reviewers have since noted that his paintings are distinct from this movement. Rather than being literal depictions of subjects, they are interpretive, frequently presenting myths in secular guise, and often in a subliminal or allusive way. Wynn's formal means include the use of highly developed, complicated surfaces, which are critical to achieving the final visual and psychological result.

RESUME
Personal: Born in Brooklyn, NY, 1942. Attended public schools, NYC. B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1967. M.F.A., Indiana University, 1969.

Fellowships/Grants/Awards:
Art Association of Indianapolis; Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; Hofstra University; Indiana University;
New York State Creative Artists Public Service Program; Pratt Institute; and others.

Visiting Artist/Guest Faculty: Art Institute of Chicago, Eastern Michigan University, Moore College of Art, Ohio University, Skidmore College, State University of New York, Yale University, and others.

COLLECTIONS
Albany Institute of History and Art; Ameritech Corporation/Michigan Bell; Amis Company, Ltd., Tokyo;
Crow Family Holdings; Ford Motor Company; Government Risk Insurance Corporation; Great Lakes
Bancorp; Hokkaido Hotel Group, Ltd., Sapporo; Indiana University Museum of Art; Japan National
Broadcasting, NHK; Japan Telephone, NTT; Manufacturers and Traders Trust Corporation;
Massachusetts General Hospital; Nikken, Ltd., Tokyo; Ohio University; Plattsburgh Government
Center; Pratt Institute; St. Lawrence University; The Adirondack Museum; The Flickinger Corporation;
The Hilton Corporation; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Midlantic National Bank; The National
Archives; The New York State Museum; The Newark Museum; The Okumura Collection, Kyoto; The
Rich Corporation; The Smithsonian Institution; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Upstate
Medical Center, Albany.

PERIODICALS
Ratcliff, Carter. "New York." Art International (April 1970).
Schjeldahl, Peter. "Realism: A Retreat to the Fundamentals?" New York Times, 24 December 1972.
Henry, Gerrit. "A Realist Twin Bill." Art News (February 1973).
Donahue, Victoria. "Return to Nature Marks Landscape Exhibition." Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 August 1976.
Tannenbaum, Judith. "Don Wynn." Arts (January 1977).
Gilborn, Alice. "Life from Art." Adirondack Life (November 1977).
Stolbach, Michael Hunt. "Artist's Choice." Arts (November 1980).
Bannon, Anthony. "Painter's Show Reflects Creative Force of a Century." Buffalo Evening News, 3 June 1981.
Lemon, Peter. "Don Wynn: Taxidermy and Works of Art." American Artist (September 1983).
Colby, Joy Hakanson. "Art." Detroit News, 26 May 1985.
Atwood, Margaret. "When It Happens." Switch (October 1989), Fusosha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Cantu, John Carlos. "Wynn's Work Illustrates Growth, Sophisticated Use of Materials." Ann Arbor News, 23 February 1992.
"Making It at the Met." Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY), 11 July 1996.
Seidman, Sarah. "From the Dream to the Studio." Times-Argus, Arts section, Montpelier, VT, 2 Feb. 2001.
Cantu, John Carlos. "Viewer Is Like an Intrusive Detective at Paradoxical Art Exhibit." Arts section, p. 1, Ann Arbor News, 16 November 2003. Color reproduction.

CATALOGUES, FEATURE ARTICLES, REVIEWS, ILLUSTRATIONS

Included in Who's Who in American Art, Dictionary of International Biography, Personaggi Contemporanei, and Strathmore's Who's Who
Muller-Mehlis, Reinhard. Poetischer Amerikanischer Realismus: Paul Wiesenfeld, Don Wynn. Munich, West Germany: Galerie Richard Hartmann, 1969. In German.
Monte, James. 22 Realists. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1970.
Ratcliff, Carter. "New York." Art International (April 1970).
Rasmussen, Keith. Drawings by Representational Painters. Menomonie, WI: Stout State University, 1971.
Pressler, Stephen. Realism and Figuration. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 1971.
Caldwell, Henry B. Recent Paintings by Don Wynn. Allentown, PA: Allentown Art Museum, 1972.
McGarrell, James. Nuovi Realisti Americani. Rome, Italy: Galleria Il Fante Di Spade, 1972. In Italian.
Burton, Scott. The Realist Revival. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1972.
Schjeldahl, Peter. "Realism: A Retreat to the Fundamentals?" New York Times, 24 December 1972.
Henry, Gerrit. "A Realist Twin Bill." Art News (February 1973).
Godfrey, Robert. The Figure in Recent American Painting. New Wilmington: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Westminster College, 1974.
Donahue, Victoria. "Return to Nature Marks Landscape Exhibition." Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 August 1976.
Godfrey, Robert. The American Artist and the Landscape. New Wilmington: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Westminster College, 1976.
Tannenbaum, Judith. "Don Wynn." Arts (January 1977).
Gilborn, Alice. "Life from Art." Adirondack Life (November 1977).
Lee, Chris Eckstrom, and Mark Godfrey. "The Adirondacks." In Exploring America's Backcountry. Wash., DC: National Geographic Society, 1979.
People, Places, and Things: Imagination and Perception in Realist Art. Philadelphia: Graphic Data Ltd., 1979. Multiauthored.
Donahue, Victoria. "About the Judge's Nudes: It May Be a New Kind of Activism." Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 February 1979.
Poster for film Cold River, Ritchie-Sullivan-Sweeny Productions, 1979.
Stolbach, Michael Hunt. "Artist's Choice." Arts (November 1980).
Art Now New York (February 1981). Review article.
Art World, 20 February 1981. Review article.
Bannon, Anthony. "Painter's Show Reflects Creative Force of a Century." Buffalo Evening News, 3 June 1981.
Huntington, Richard. "Wynn's Dark Art on View." Buffalo Courier Express, 28 June 1981.
Donohue, Victoria. "Academy's Show of Realists Is Big But Sadly Unfocused." Philadelphia Inquirer,20 September 1981.
Howell, George. "Young Painter Uses Old Moods." Buffalo News, 25 May 1983.
Lemon, Peter. "Don Wynn: Taxidermy and Works of Art." American Artist (September 1983).
Colby, Joy Hakanson. "Art." Detroit News, 26 May 1985.
Lindquist, Kenneth H. Don Wynn. Elmira, NY: Arnot Art Museum, 1985.
"The Erotic in Modern Art." Penthouse Letters (February, March, and April 1986), Penthouse Publications, NYC.
Poster, Fishing for a Cure, American Lung Association, New York State, 1986.
Ramljak, Suzanne. "Odd Couple." Ann Arbor News, 25 January 1987.
Oestreicher, Charles. "Arts." Michigan Daily, 2 February 1987.
Cantu, John Carlos. "Joint Exhibit Reveals Art's Dichotomy." Ann Arbor News, 31 January 1988.
"Fishing in Summer." Fly Fisher 4 (Summer 1989), Tsuribito-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
"Frontline: Nature Art." Be Pal (August 1989), Shogakukan-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
"Don Wynn Exhibit in Kyoto." Serai (September 1989), Shogakukan-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
"Outdoor Art Notes." Outdoor (Autumn 1989), Yama To Keikoku-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Atwood, Margaret. "When It Happens." Switch (October 1989), Fusosha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Two posters for Kintetsu Department Stores, Nature Art series, Kyoto, Japan, 1989.
"Don Wynn at Hillside Gallery." Serai (May 1990), Shogakukan-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Erdoes, Richard, and Arfonso Ortiz. "Rabbit Boy" (from American Indian Myths and Legends). Switch (May 1990), Fusosha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Erdoes, Richard, and Arfonso Ortiz. "Walks-All-Over-the-Sky" (from American Indian Myths and Legends). Switch (July 1990), Fusosha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
"Possibilities." Brutus 239 (December 1990), King Features Syndicate Ltd., Tokyo.
Don Wynn. Exhibition catalog, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo, 1990. In Japanese.
Mandel, Patricia C. F. Fair Wilderness: American Paintings in the Collection of the Adirondack Museum. Blue Mountain Lake, NY: Adirondack Museum, 1990.
20 Under 30. Tokyo: Charles Scribners Sons/Bungeishunju Ltd., 1990. Cover.
"Fishing in Autumn." Fly Fisher 13 (Autumn 1991), Tsuribito-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Presentation set of 3 telephone credit cards (TELECA), for NTT (Japan Telephone), Tokyo, 1991.
Winter Catalog 1991. Eastwood Company, Tokyo. Cover.
Cantu, John Carlos. "Wynn's Work Illustrates Growth, Sophisticated Use of Materials." Ann Arbor News, 23 February 1992.
"Six Artists Interpret the Adirondacks." Adirondack Life (April 1992).
"Fishing in Springtime." Fly Fisher 15 (Spring 1992), Tsuribito-Sha Ltd., Tokyo. In Japanese.
Ai No Mori (Love of the forest). Tokyo: Magazine House, 1992. In Japanese.
McGrath, Robert L. A Wild Sort of Beauty: Public Places and Private Visions. Blue Mountain Lake, NY: Adirondack Museum, 1992.
Love, Richard H. Stars and Stripes Forever: The Flag in Contemporary American Art. Chicago: R. H. Love Contemporary, 1992.
"Elle-Homme Presents." Elle-Homme (July 1992), Time-Hachette Japan Ltd. In Japanese.
The North Country Fiddlers. Saranac Lake, NY: Currier Press, 1992. Cover.
Adirondacks: Past and Present. Exhibition catalog, Gerold Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1996.
"Making It at the Met." Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY), 11 July 1996.
McCracken, Robert G. Las Vegas: The Great American Playground. Ft. Collins, CO: Marion Street Publishing Company, dist. by University of Nevada Press, 1996. Illustration, p. 2.
"Wynn's In." Northern Lights. Adirondack Life (November/December 1996).
"The American Fly Fisher." Journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing 23 (3) (Summer 1997).
Festival of the Arts, 1999-2000. Exhibition catalog, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT, 1999, p. 15.
Seidman, Sarah. "From the Dream to the Studio." Times-Argus, Arts section, Montpelier, VT, 2 Feb. 2001.
Awodey, Mark. "Three Fur the Road." Seven Days, Burlington, VT, 14 Feb. 2001.
Bergeron, Danielle. "Best Bets: Wynn Exhibit." Weekend section, Rutland Daily Herald, 1 June 2001.
Notecard series, "Campfire," Adirondack Museum, 2003
Cantu, John Carlos. "Viewer Is Like an Intrusive Detective at Paradoxical Art Exhibit." Arts section, p.1, Ann Arbor News, 16 November 2003. Color reproduction.
Promotional notecard, postcard, and poster series. Heidelberg Japan, K.K., Tokyo, Japan, 2004.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Adirondack Museum, Blue Mt. Lake, NY
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Artists' Space, New York, NY
Center for Music, Drama, and Art, Lake Placid, NY
Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts, Rutland, VT
Chatauqua Institution, Chatauqua, NY
Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
Hudson Walker Memorial, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington, IN
Kemerer Museum, Bethlehem, PA
Maibara Industrial and Cultural Center, Shiga, Japan
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
J. B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY
New York Cultural Center, New York, NY
NHK (Japan National Broadcasting), Tokyo, Japan
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Graphic Arts Center, New York, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wiesbaden Kunsthalle, Wiesbaden, Germany
XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid, NY

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