Dave Woody is a Lecturer in the McEntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses in photography. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Photography from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and his Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
Woody has exhibited widely throughout the country and internationally. He has lived for several years in Italy, working and making photographs. In 2010, the James Beard award-winning restaurant, Frasca, sent him to Naples Italy on a commission to make art work for their Boulder Colorado restaurant. In 2009 he was the winner of the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which is a competition open to all media. As a result, the National Portrait Gallery commissioned him to make a portrait of Alice Waters, activist and chef. That portrait was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in January 2012.