Born in 1980 in Heidelberg, West Germany to American academics, Sam Dahl
has lived in America since 1985. He was homeschooled from third grade
through high school, and has been painting and drawing and building since age
eight. His heart set on a liberal education that would inform his art, Sam Dahl
majored in studio art and comparative religion at Dartmouth College. In 2002,
he graduated magna cum laude and a recipient of the Perspectives on Design
award. Before graduating from Dartmouth, and while he was still naïve enough
to make life-affecting decisions with little agony, he realized he was too much of
a maker and a painter not to be an artist first, foremost, and for life. For five
years, Sam Dahl had his own studio in a restored 18th-century grist mill above
the Delaware River in Titusville, New Jersey, where he made and sold work. In
2007, he began a three-year MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin.
In 2010, receiving a degree in painting, he is on the cusp of a new body of
work in a new life in a new place, where he will teach, make, and explore.