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Darwin Musselman

 (1916 - 2001)
Darwin B. Musselman was active/lived in California.  Darwin Musselman is known for abstract landscape, portrait.

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Artist Bulletins for Darwin B. Musselman

7 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Darwin's Family Contact
Steve Musselman (05/07/2009)
Linda: Thank you for your kind offer. I have tried responding to you directly via your e-mail link. For others that share an interest in my father's work, I recently established a web site expanding upon the wonderful information found here, and offer a bit more personal glimpse of his life and work. I'll be updating the site periodically. Thank you for all your kind words.

have a painting for his family
Linda Anderson (05/06/2009)
I inherited a painting by Darwin Musselman from my father, Gerry Gard, of Fresno California. It is a picture of a white vase with a black top, a blue dinner plate and a red bird. It is signed in the lower left corner "Musselman" with the number 33 under the name. I would be happy to return to his estate for free.

Darwin Musselman
harold mason (07/28/2008)
I was a student of Darwin Musselman at California State Univsersity Fresno in 1956, known then as Fresno State. He was most instrumental in my career as an artist and the teacher I have remember and valued the most throughout my life. I went on to granduate from the Art Center School of Design now in Pasadena, and have enjoyed a successful career. To this day, it is his advice that I have continued to value and respected the most.

Former Student
Pam Henderson (Clayton) (06/13/2003)
I was a student of Mr. Musselman in numerous classes at Ca. State Univ. Fresno during the early 70's. He was truly an outstanding instructor and gentleman. The class was always mesmerized by his skill and techniques that he so willingly shared with his students. I always have remembered him and was speaking to my husband about him last year. Then I found the web site which informed me of his passing just prior to that time. I was saddened to hear of the loss of this wonderful gentleman. His works will live on in form and in the memories of those who knew him.

A Tribute from John Howard Sanden
Steve Musselman (07/06/2001)
Darwin Musselman, 1916 - 2001 Darwin Musselman, who died on Thursday, June 28, at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Medical Center, age 85, will be remembered by all who knew him as an outstanding artist, a gentleman through and through, and a brilliant artist whose career encompassed many styles and decades. I counted Darwin as my friend for 22 years or more. I believe that Elizabeth and I first met Darwin in 1979 when he arrived for the very first National Portrait Seminar in New York. He arrived early -- I mean several days early -- with his gracious wife who traveled everywhere with him. Darwin wanted to visit the galleries and museums in New York and get thoroughly settled before the five-day meeting began. Beginning with the 1980 seminar, Darwin was a regular faculty member. He would lecture on his specialty -- composition and design -- with a scholarly thoroughness that was impressive and appealing. Darwin was a teacher to the core. He loved to teach, and he was good at it. I am writing this without access to any biographical material, but I remember that Darwin's resume included many years of teaching in important academic positions. I also know that his own work as a painter included a number of distinct periods. At one point he was working in a strong, design-based "modern" manner. Then he progressed toward traditional portraiture, a genre at which he was particularly skilled. His work was well-conceived, thoroughly researched, carefully drafted, and dextrously executed. The National Portrait Seminar was honored to include him on the teaching team. I believe that Darwin and his wife participated in all nine of the National Portrait Seminars, 1979 - 1993. Many of us have lost a personal friend; the world of art has lost a major contemporary artist. But we are all richer for having known Darwin, and his work will live on. John Howard Sanden

NYC 1987
Steve Musselman (07/01/2001)
Fresno Bee, The (CA) August 2, 1987 Musselman Honored "Berkeley Boatyard," an opaque watercolor by Darwin Musselman of Fresno, was included in "California Watercolors 1925-1955," a collection of works by a dozen prominent California painters in the Anthony Ralph Gallery in New York City. The recent exhibit marked the 50th anniversary of a watercolor show featuring the "California Group" of painters. In addition to Musselman, artists represented include Rex Brandt, Nat Levy, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Alexander Nepote, George Post and Millard Sheets.

Obituary for Darwin Musselman
Steve Musselman (06/29/2001)
Darwin Musselman, a retired art professor from California and internationally noted artist, died June 28 in Lancaster, PA. He is survived by three children, Steven Musselman of North Easton, MA, Carol Woods of Lexington, KY, and Ronald Musselman of Lancaster, PA, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He had been married to Ethel (Walker) Musselman for 53 years until her death in 1994. Mr. Musselman most recently taught at California State University, Fresno, until his retirement in 1979; he also taught for many years at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Following his retirement, Mr. Musselman moved to Los Osos California until 1995 when he then moved to Lancaster, PA due to failing health. Mr. Musselman was a skilled and prolific painter who exhibited and won prestigious awards for more than 55 years. A recent exhibit summarizing his career was held at the Dana Gallery at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 1999; the exhibit brochure, along with an extensive biographical profile, may be seen at

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