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Kesler Woodward

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Kesler Woodward

Kesler Woodward at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Kesler Woodward grew up in South Carolina, but, he says "I kept moving north and west to escape the heat." Since 1981, he has worked in Alaska, as an artist, curator and professor of art at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Speaking about the original Harriman Alaska expedition, Woodward says, "the chemistry of that group together yielded tremendous results. Dellenbaugh was an established artist near the end of his career, Fuertes was the greatest painter of birds in the world, Gifford was a popular painter of marine scenes. Harriman had the vision to recruit these mainstream artists, and ask them to illustrate Alaska."

Woodward's own work for the past twenty years has explored his relationship to the Northern landscape, from the birch forests of Alaska to the treeless arctic tundra on the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay. For young readers looking to learn more, he recommends The Painter's Eye: Learning to Look at Contemporary American Art, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.

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