A native of Michigan, Sam Knecht is a Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. Hehas taught painting and drawing at Hillsdale College continuously since 1978. He is now Professor Emeritus at Hillsdale College. During his undergraduate teaching career, he also taught as adjunct at the U-M School of Art (2001-02). In 2016 Knecht was Artist in Residence for 3 weeks in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula. His MFA degree in Painting was earned at the U-M School of Art (1976) and his BFA at Michigan State U. (1971) His work has been featured in articles in American Artist magazine (Nov. 1981) and American Artist Studios 20 (Oct. 2010). One of his portraits, The Woodcutter, earned first place water media division, 2009 Members Only Competition, The Portrait Society of America. His largest work to date is The Signing of the American Constitution, a 5' x 10' oil painting depicting the 42 men in session in Independence Hall, Sep. 17, 1787 when the Constitution was affirmed. That work resides in the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, Washington, D.C. in April 2016 he was one of the "Distinguished Faculty" at the Portrait Society of America Annual Conference in Reston, VA. Articles on his work and art historical research have appeared in Southwest Art and International Artist. His Signature award from the PSA was bestowed April, 2017.
Sam's ArtPrize Entries
These are Sam's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Sam's Past Work
These are images of past work that Sam has done.