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The following chronology was prepared by the artist in support of his nomination for "Outstanding Professor, California State University, Fresno", which he was awarded in 1978.


Darwin Musselman

February 16, 1916

Born in Selma California. Son of Laban C and Lola Banks Musselman.


Family moved to Fresno.


Developed strong interest in art.


Family moved to San Jose for about a year, returning to Fresno in late spring. While in San Jose a drawing illustrating a fellow student's poem was published in the local newspaper.


Entered Fresno High School and studied art and engineering.

February 1934

Graduated from Fresno High School and entered Fresno State College as an Art Major.


Began exhibiting paintings in local art shows.


Awarded first prize in California College Art Student's competition.


Art Editor of College Yearbook. First commercial art work begun.

Summer of 1937

Studied painting with internationally-known American-German Cubist painter Lyonel Feininger.

June 1938

Graduated from Fresno State College. Listed among 10 outstanding graduates. Awarded $1,000 scholarship to Los Angeles Art Center School.


Attended Art Center School. In addition, painted as time permitted. Studied with Barse Miller, Fletcher Martin and Willard Nash.

June 1939

Returned to Fresno. Joined Advertising Agency as artist and Art Director. Painting resumed at an increased pace.


Illustrated book "Valley of the Yokuts." Became substitute teacher at Fresno State College.

August 30, 1940

Married Ethel Laura Walker.

May 1942

Moved to Berkeley. Worked as shipfitter in Kaiser Shipyards. Won award for War Poster. Paintings exhibited in group show at DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

December 25, 1942

Birth of first son, Ronald Lee

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