Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Woodi Ishmael (1914-1995)
The following is from the website of the U.S. Air Force Oral History Program, courtesy William Butler, Staff Curator HQ Air Education & Training Command
History & Research Office (HQ AETC/HO)

Woodi Ishmael was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, and entered his profession through the Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Arts and the Art Students League in New York City. He maintained a studio at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, where he taught drawing, painting, and art appreciation.

As a painter and illustrator, Mr. Ishmael had drawn a weekly syndicated column for the Associated Press Newsfeatures, called, "The Power of Faith;" served as an official artist for the United States Air Force; sailed as artist-in-residence on major ocean lines to deliver art lectures and demonstrations; and officiated as the only courtroom artist at the Jack Ruby trial. In addition, he had done paintings of several Air Force Chiefs of Staff.
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