Daniel Heyman’s work in drawing and printmaking is some of the most important contemporary sociopolitical art of our time. Heyman is arguably best know for his monumental etchings and Iraqi Portraits that give voice to the former detainees of Abu Ghraib prison. Between 2006 and 2008, Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyer Susan Burke to witness the testimony of former prisoners held at Abu Ghraib and later released without charges. Heyman’s recent In Our Own Words: Native Impressions is an outstanding project of 26 prints that chronicles stories of individual Native people who live within the tribal Nations of North Dakota. The portfolio consists of 12 reduction, color-woodcut portraits, (by Heyman) and 12 accompanying letterpress prints, of their personal oral histories (by Lucy Ganje), as told while sitting for their portrait.
Daniel Heyman’s work is in many prestigious collections including the Yale University Art Gallery and Beinecke Library, Yale University; Baltimore Museum of Art; Hood Museum of Art and Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University; Davis Art Museum, Wellesley College; Free Library of Philadelphia; Getty Research Institute; Library of Congress; Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Minneapolis Institute of Art; New York Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; and the RISD Museum, among others.