About Dan Snyder
Dan was born in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1941. His father was a naval officer stationed there at the time. Growing up he lived largely in seaport towns in the United States. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut ('63) with a major in theater, he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then went on to the University of New Mexico where he received an MFA in studio art and art history ('70).
For many years Mr. Snyder taught both art and theater in private schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut. After teaching he worked as an illustrator for advertising, for editorial illustrations for The Hartford Courant, and for children's books, as well as designing and painting sets for local theater productions. Then for three years (1992-1995) he was head designer of exhibits at the Science Center of Connecticut.
During these years he exhibited his artwork widely in the New England area and won numerous awards.
In 1995 Dan moved to Maine with fellow artist Betsy Gardiner. During the nineteen years they lived in Brooklin Dan continued to paint and do design and illustration work for businesses and organizations. He also designed and painted sets for The New Surry Theater- Fiddler on the Roof('06), A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum ('08)- as well as a set for pianist Paul Sullivan's "Jazz Jukebox ('12). Intentionally avoiding galleries during this time, Dan preferred showing his work in libraries or in his studio.
In 2016 Dan and Betsy moved to Bath, Maine where he opened a new studio at 110 Front Street. As a volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum Dan became increasingly absorbed with the history of maritime life and culture, an interest that continues to enrich the content of his art.
Betsy and Dan now spend several winter months near family in Portland, Oregon. While there Dan continues to paint small works at his bedroom desk.
For his own pleasure (aside from artwork) Dan plays blues and ragtime guitar.
Contact Dan if you would like more information about his painting or portraiture.