Grant Kniffen retired in 2013 after teaching 27 years at Parkway North High School in Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his B.S.E. in Art from Truman State University in 1984 and his Masters in Studio Art from Lindenwood University in 1989. In 1995, Grant was selected Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association. He was Parkway School District's High School Teacher of the Year during the 1996-1997 school year.
Kniffen's work is rooted in traditional American and regional themes. Much of his early work was in the style of traditional realism. Kniffen has worked in a variety of media in both two and three dimensions. Most of his current work involves painting in acrylic and continues to explore traditional themes through early twentieth century Modernist sensibilities. Grant Kniffen's artwork has been recognized with numerous awards and resides in public and private collections. Original compositions are available for purchase and commissions are accepted.