Born in Aiken, South Carolina in 1951, Kesler Woodward lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved
to Alaska in 1977, and served as Curator of Visual Arts at the Alaska State Museum and as
Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. He is
currently Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught for
two decades, serving as Chair of the Art Department and as Chair of the Division of Arts and
Communications. He serves on the board of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and on
the board of trustees of the Western States Arts Federation.
Woodward's paintings are included in all major public art collections in Alaska, and in museum,
corporate and private collections on both coasts of the United States. Solo exhibits to his credit
include the Morris Museum of Art, University of Alaska Museum, Alaska State Museum, Anchorage
Museum of History and Art, and public and commercial galleries throughout the U.S. Juried and
invitational exhibitions including his work have ranged from Alaska to Brazil and Russia.
Also an art historian and curator, Woodward since 1990 has published six books on Alaskan art,
including the first comprehensive survey of the fine arts in Alaska, Painting in the North,
published by the Anchorage Museum and University of Washington Press in 1993. His latest
volume, A Northern Adventure: The Art of Fred Machetanz, was published in May, 2004. He has
lectured on art of the circumpolar north from Alaska to Georgia, New England, and the British
Museum in London.
In October, 2004, Kesler Woodward received the Alaska Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. In 2012 he received the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Alaskan Artist Fellowship.