David True

Associate Professor (Proportional-Time)

David True attended Ohio University, where he received a BFA and MFA.

He received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting
in 1983 and 1993.

True works on canvas with water-based paint. He has traditionally worked with the human image, but as of late has worked with nature as phenomena.

True has had solo exhibitions at Blum Helman Gallery, Edward Thorp Gallery and Crown Point Gallery in New York. His paintings have been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

David True's work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, Yale University, Cornell University, Bard College, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, the Walker Art Center, the New School of Social Research, Munson-William-Proctor
Institute, and the Henie-Onstad Art Center in Norway.

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