Dan Kuehl, an art teacher for Roanoke City Public Schools, holds a B.A. in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota. After moving to Virginia, he taught elementary school art for three years in Fairfax County, then moved to Roanoke with his wife, Rachelle, in 2006. After teaching for twelve years at James Breckinridge Middle School, he started his role as an art teacher at Patrick Henry High School. where he has dedicated his efforts to helping students experience life through art. In 2013 Dan was awarded the honorary title of Roanoke City Teacher of the Year.
As a teacher, Dan provides his students with opportunities to display their work publicly. Together, he and his students created a large-scale cube sculpture featured prominently on Williamson Road; they collaborated with Hollins University art students on artwork shown inside the Williamson Road Library; they worked together to paint large landscapes installed on the RCPS central office building (as seen from Highway 581); they donated paintings to hang in the Rescue Mission; and they mailed drawings of children in an African orphanage to the actual subjects. Throughout all his teaching, Dan strives to let the students see that art isn’t always about the final product; rather, it is about the confidence, skill building, and problem-solving skills that an artist must develop along the way.
Dan has had a number of his own art pieces on display in our community. In 2012, he won the People’s Choice Award at the Rescue Mission Permanent Collection Art Show, and his painting, “Seeing Jesus” now hangs proudly in one of the men’s bunk rooms. Dan has also painted murals and other commissioned pieces for businesses and homes in Roanoke and beyond. In 2015, Dan was chosen as one of the artists to create a sculpture for the Roanoke Art Walk, which was a feature of the redesign of Elmwood Park. His sculpture, “Leaf,” could be seen moving around in the breeze, yet standing tall, reflecting the city and the viewers in its many inset mirrors.
Also, Dan has created other public art for Roanoke. He created 6 Little Free Libraries, which are located around Roanoke city, including on the Greenway just outside of Carilion Hospital. He also created a public chalkboard which can be found in Century Plaza in downtown Roanoke.
Dan works concurrently as an art teacher and artist. His wife, Rachelle is also an artist and educator, and the two of them even work together to offer summer art camps for children in their home. They have three children, who, not surprisingly, all love art!