Dan Christoffel

About Christoffel

Dan Christoffel is an exhibiting artist who has studied at the Art Students’ League, the National Academy, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz, and Long Island University at C.W. Post. Currently, Dan Christoffel serves as a Board Member of the Art League of Long Island, and guest lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a past president of the Long Island Art Teachers Association and former curator for the Partnership for Cultural Development at the Chelsea Center in Muttontown. After teaching art for forty-one years in the Bellmore-Merrick School District, he became artist-in-residence at Long Island University at C.W. Post, where he teaches drawing, sculpture, and painting to graduate and undergraduate students.

christoffel's Artwork


Oil on canvas

Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman


Requiem 9-11

Terracotta and Steel





Upon the death of his son willie


Walt Whitman




Mark Twain


Lincoln: Premonition


Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman




Shakespeare Inscribed


Walt Whitman


Song of myself


Christoffel's Curriculum Vitae

Career Summary
Exhibiting artist with fifty years teaching experience.  Expertise in oil painting, drawing, terra cotta, stone and steel sculptures, and print making.  Accomplished portrait artist and art lecturer including visiting lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Committed to excellence in Education. 

Professional Experience
2003 to Present

Artist in Residence - Long Island University at C. W. Post Campus

Board Member - Art League of Long Island

Adjunct Professor of Art - Long Island University at C.W. Post Campus

Visiting Artist - Bethpage UFSD

Visiting Artist at Syosset UFSD and Westbury UFSD

Visiting Artist – Great Neck Arts Center  

Art Lecturer – Garden City Cultural Club

2002 – 2003

Artist in Residence – Long Island University at C. W. Post Campus

2001 - 2002

Curator of Fine Arts – The Long Island Partnership for Cultural Development

1960 – 2001

Educator and Artist: Bellmore-Merrick CHSD; Studio in Art, Drawing and Painting 1and 2, Drawing and Painting 3 and 4, sculptures - (Stone, Metal, Clay), AP Art

Instructor:  Adult Education
Lecturer:  Metropolitan Museum of Art
Exhibiting Artist


Post Masters – Area of study: Print making; Long Island University at C. W. Post Campus, Brookville, New York

Master of Fine Arts – Major: Painting, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York

Bachelor of Science - Major: Art Education, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York

Undergraduate – Area of study: Traditional Painting, Art Student’s League, New York, NY

Undergraduate – Area of study: Classical sculptures, National Academy,New York, NY
Awards and Professional Recognition in Education

Long Island Art Supervisor’s “Life Time Achievement Award” Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)

Edgar B. Allen award – Outstanding teacher - 1968

Long Island Art Teachers Association’s Outstanding teacher of the year – 1976

Bellmore-Merrick CHSD – Teacher of the Year award – 1980

PTSA Teacher of the Year – 1986

Merrick Kiwanis Club – Teacher of the Year – '1990, 1992

Educator of the month – Channel 55 – 1998, nominated by Bellmore-Merrick CHSD as New York State Educator of the year
Awards, Exhibitions, and Professional Recognition as an Artist

Award of Excellence – A&S Juried exhibit – 1964, 1965,1966, Award of Excellence in painting – Allied Artist – 1968, Montreal Expo – 1976

Award of Excellence in sculptures – Allied Artist – 1980

New York State Art Teachers Award of Excellence – Juried exhibit – 1981

Award of Excellence – Parrish Museum in East Hampton – Juror – Larry Rivers – 1985

Long Island Invitational Parrish Museum – Second Place – 1990

Salmagundi Club Open Juried Exhibit – Honorable mention – 1992

Salmagundi Club Award of Excellence – 1994'

Award of Excellence – Open Juried Exhibit – Hutchins Gallery – C. W. Post Campus – 1996

Long Island Open Juried Show at Nassau Community College Fire House Plaza Art Gallery, (Garden City, NY)

C.W. Post Campus – 2002-2006

Guild Hall, 2005, (East Hampton, NY)

Adelphi University – 2002-2006

Solo Exhibitions

Prime Art Gallery, 1960, (Soho, NY)

Fort Sill Gallery, 1961, (Oklahoma)

Port Washington Library, 1962, 1970, (Port Washington, NY)

New Paltz Community Gallery, 1963, (New Paltz, NY)

A&S Invitational,1965,1966, (Hempstead, NY)

New Paltz State University Gallery, 1967, (New Paltz, NY)

Molloy College, 1969, (Rockville Centre, NY)

Bellmore Memorial Library, 1970, 1972, (Bellmore, NY)

Wantagh Library, 1971, (Wantagh, NY)

Westbury Library, 1974, (Westbury, NY)

Bicentennial Exhibit – Bellmore Memorial Library, 1976, (Bellmore, NY)

Blue Mountain Gallery, 1980, (Soho, NY)

Long Island Art League, 1982

Phantasma Gallery (Windham, NY) “Sculpting Mythologies” – March, 2006

Recent Exhibitions

Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Petite Gallery “Pieces of Yesterday” 50th Anniversary of the 1964

Civil Rights Act, Paintings, Drawings, sculptures, (Huntington, NY) 2014

LIU C.W. Post Humanities Gallery, Civil Rights Paintings Celebrating Black History Month (Old Westbury, NY) 2014

Huntington Museum, Juried Show Judge (Huntington, NY) 2014

Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Petite Gallery “Lincoln Exhibit” (Huntington, NY) 2013

Huntington Arts Council, Main Street Petite Gallery “Lincoln and Whitman American Icons” (Huntington, NY) 2012

Wells Memorial Library “Whitman and Twain” (Upper Jay, NY) 2012

Huntington Library “Jazz” Paintings and Drawings (Huntington, NY) 2011

Wells Memorial Library “Jazz: Paintings and Drawings,” (Upper Jay, NY) 2010

Gettysburg College “An Artist and Lincoln,” (Gettysburg, PA) 2010

Newsday Article “Artist Dan Christoffel’s Presidents Day,” January 29, 2010 by Jim Merritt/Special to Newsday

CNBC interview with Chuck Scarborough “Presidents Day,” (New York, NY) 2010

Wells Memorial Library “An Artist and Lincoln,” (Upper Jay, NY) 2009

Theodore Roosevelt Association “TR and the Horse: comrades in arms, friends in life,” (Oyster Bay, NY) 2009

Hutchins Gallery, “Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator and His Legacy,” C.W. Post Campus, LIU (Brookville, NY) 2009

Huntington Art League “Annual Portrait Competition” Juror and exhibit Coordinator, (Huntington, NY) 2009

Roslyn Library “Dan Christoffel: Retrospective Exhibit,” (Roslyn, NY) 2008

Adelphi University “sculptures Biennial 2006-2007” (Garden City, NY)

Adelphi University “sculptures Biennial 2005-2006” (Garden City, NY)


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