About the artist:
As a young veteran of WWII, Dan Teis moved to Mexico to study art at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura. He would go on to earn a doctorate in Arts Administration from NYU. He served as Dean of the Arkansas Art Center, and later as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Delaware. His technique, acrylic and paper collage on canvas, achieves complex textures and subtle color variation. He moves from bold colors and geometric shapes, to softly muted abstractions. Dan Teis' paintings can be seen in many galleries, homes, and corporate spaces in the US and abroad. Dr. Teis had a distinguished career as an administrator and professor of art at the University of Delaware, East Tennessee State University, East Carolina University, the Arkansas Arts Center and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. At each institution, he was credited with raising the level of professionalism in the art department. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he earned his master’s degree from Tulsa University and his doctorate in arts education administration from New York University. He also attended the Taos Valley School of Art in New Mexico, La Escuela de Pintura y Escultura in Mexico City and the Universidad de Michoacan in Morelia, Mexico, where he studied fresco mural painting. During World War II, he served on the USS Lansdowne, where he saw combat duty in the Pacific from 1944-1946. He also participated in the Lansdowne reunion activities for the past 15 years. After a one-person show of his large, abstract paintings at the Delaware Art Museum in 1974, his work was the first contemporary art to be accepted and critically acclaimed in the state, paving the way for other modern artists to follow. He had exhibited widely in the U.S., where his work is represented in numerous public and private collections. Public collections include the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, the Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the New Jersey Art Museum in Trenton, N.J., the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the Columbia Museum in South Carolina, among others. His canvases are found in many corporate collections, including the News Journal, DuPont, Daniels & Tansey, Beneficial Corp., First USA Bank and CoreStates Bank in Delaware. In addition, his works are included in more than 100 private collections.
As a young veteran of WWII, Dan Teis moved to Mexico to study art at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura. He would go on to earn a doctorate in Arts Administration from NYU. He served as Dean of the Arkansas Art Center, and later as Chair of the Fine