John Howard Sanden ’56
John Howard Sanden tried to paint the best in people. Right after his 1956 Minneapolis School of Art graduation, he became the art director for Billy Graham’s Evangelistic Association, where he spent fourteen years.
He then moved to New York City to try portraiture, and within months he’d established a nationwide clientele of the famous, wealthy, and influential. In 1974 he founded the Portrait Institute, teaching others through classroom work, touring seminars, and correspondence learning. His National Portrait Seminar was the largest in America.
As one of the nation's leading portrait artists, Sanden painted leaders in government, business, the arts, education, and the professions. In 2007, he had studios in Carnegie Hall and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He’s published five books, created instructional videos, and offers a resourceful website.
John Sanden's memoirs are perfectly titled: Face to Face With Greatness.