Bobb Vann was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1939. After graduation from
Germantown High School in Philadelphia in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in both armored units at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
After a three-year army enlistment, Bobb spent two years as a student at Philadelphia College of Art. Following his formal studies, he served as an illustrator and art director for a variety of advertising agencies in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC.
In the early 1980’s, Bobb became interested in the role of African Americans opening and settling the American West, and with his own artistic output, began to concentrate in that direction. After several visits to Arizona, he and his wife Pat relocated from Philadelphia to Sierra Vista, AZ, adjacent to Ft. Huachuca, home of the “Buffalo Soldiers”- 10th U.S. Cavalry. In 1995, Bobb and his wife Pat moved to Tubac, AZ, site of an 18th century Spanish “Presidio”. In 2015, a solo exhibit featuring Bobb Vann’s work was held at Tubac Center of the Arts.
Bobb’s paintings hang in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bell Atlantic Company’s headquarters building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Kentucky Horse Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; State Capital Building, Phoenix, Arizona; Fort Huachuca Annex Museum; The Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, Georgia; Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona; and in numerous private collections.
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