David Hostetler, American (1926 - )

Born in Ohio in 1926, Hostetler had a close relationship with his Amish grandfather, an influence which has stayed with him throughout his career. He was raised in a small Ohio town and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Indiana University. He obtained a Master's of Fine Arts from Ohio University, where he taught for thirty-eight years as a much appreciated professor and mentor and where he was named Professor Emeritus. He has a deep love of music and currently plays drums in his own jazz band in Nantucket (MA), where he and his wife, Susan, also own a gallery. In winter, the Hostetlers live in Athens, Ohio.

A wood carver and bronze sculptor of works capturing the female form, he is also a professor emeritus of Ohio University. His art career spans more than 55 years, progressing from folk images to stylized forms. In addition to the art and academic worlds, he has explored farming, founding an art museum, drumming in a jazz band and collecting Americana. His works appear in more than 25 museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Milwaukee Museum and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Pieces in public collections can be found from Nantucket and New Mexico to the Netherlands.

David Hostetler is the creator of a series of original and captivating works in wood and bronze that honor and celebrate the female form. David Hostetler has been a celebrated American wood carver and bronze sculptor for over 50 years. His works appear in more than 25 museums and galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Milwaukee Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. His pieces grace numerous public collections from Nantucket to New Mexico to the Netherlands. Hostetler's most recent installation was commissioned by Donald Trump, Lizanne Galbreath and Philip Johnson as a memorial to Ohio real estate developer and philanthropist Dan Galbreath, who was a partner in Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City.

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