For the past four years, Daniel Heyman has concentrated his art on making images about the war in Iraq, specifically the abuse and torture of innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. Heyman traveled to meet with more than 45 survivors in Jordan and Turkey, painting or drawing their portraits and taking down their stories about what happened to them at the hands of American soldiers. He has also met and drawn the portraits of survivors of the September 16, 2007 Blackwater USA attacks at Nasoor Square in Baghdad.
Closer to home, Heyman has drawn portraits of African American men in Philadelphia emerging from troubled youths in and out of prison, and homeless Veterans living in a shelter in north Philadelphia. He is currently making constructions from etchings printed on plywood, as well as new portrait projects.
Heyman’s work is included in such public collections as the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, the RISD Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2009), three RISD Professional Development Grants and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell and Nagasawa, Japan.
Recent exhibitions of Heyman’s work were held at the Nathan Cumings Foundation, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, New York Public Library, the List Gallery at Swarthmore College and Zilkah Gallery at Wesleyan University. Heyman has lectured nationally, most recently at Princeton Museum, Carleton College, Hood Museum and Cranbrook. Reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America and The Boston Globe. Heyman holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania, and he currently teaches at Princeton as well as RISD.