David Ahlsted was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and received his master of fine arts degree from Indiana University. He has taught at Indiana University, Skidmore College, and the State University of New York at Cortland; since 1976 he has taught painting and design at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
In 1989 Ahlsted received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Jersey Board of Higher Education; he has also been the recipient of two Distinguished Faculty Fellowships from Stockton College. Ahlsted’s exhibition record includes over sixty solo exhibitions as well as numerous group shows in galleries and museums.
David Ahlsted has painted a wide variety of subjects, including numerous New Jersey landscapes, while living in the Garden State. Two of his most important commissions have also been for public buildings in New Jersey. In 1995 he completed six large-scale landscapes of scenery along the Delaware River for permanent installation in the New Jersey State House Annex. That same year he also painted seven large-scale New Jersey landscapes that were installed in the AgBiotech Center/Foran Hall at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
RSC Visual Arts Program Faculty Exhibition (Exhibition catalogue, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, 1998).