John Dowell is an internationally recognized painter and printmaker who first gained prominence by creating paintings on stage with philharmonic orchestras here and abroad; he investigated this series for more than 20 years. Dowell has performed as a musician and a painter in many venues including in Rome; Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. He is the head of the printmaking department at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Bibliothéque Natíonale, Paris. His awards include the James Vander Zee Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.