About Adam

Adam Van Doren is the artist and author of The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents (Godine), which includes a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough. The book chronicles Van Dorenís visits to a number of presidential homes and features many illustrated letters Van Doren composed to McCullough. Thomas Fleming, author of The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation: ďThis is a book that transcends ordinary history on almost every page... I canít think of a better way to get to know those mysterious beings we call presidents."

Van Dorenís artwork is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Wadsworth Atheneum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Princeton University Art Museum; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., among other institutions, and Van Doren teaches at Yale University, where he is also an Associate Fellow.

Van Doren is the subject of a monograph (Hudson Hills Press, 2007) that features his watercolors of Paris, Venice, Rome, and New York, and which includes essays by Avis Berman, Samuel G. White and Richard Boyle. In 2009, the book An Artist in Rome was published (Kelly-Winterton Press) in collaboration with the noted poet John Tagliabue, and features Van Dorenís paintings from when Van Doren was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Two catalogs have been published (The Renaissance Studios, New York) of Van Dorenís paintings with essays by Mark D. Mitchell, Holcolmb Green Curator of American Art at Yale University; and Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. A recent publication, A Yale Sketchbook (Yale University, Lustman Fellowship Fund), includes Van Dorenís paintings of the architecture of the campus and contains essays by Pulitzer Prize winning critic Paul Goldberger and former New York magazine critic Carter Wiseman.

Van Doren is a graduate of Columbia University and has published An Artist in Venice (Godine 2013), with commentary by Simon Winchester and Theodore Rabb; and essays in American Artist Magazine and The New York Times, among others. He has written and directed two documentaries about the arts which were broadcast on PBS and cable television: James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times, narrated by George Plimpton, which was awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker, narrated by Stanley Tucci.

Van Doren is a member of the Authors Guild.