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Dwinell Grant (1893-1965) graduated from the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. Between 1935 and 1941, he taught art and drama at the Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He was a renowned abstract painter, with exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, before he turned to filmmaking and moved to New York City in the 1940s. After his fifth abstract composition film, he devoted himself to making medical and educational films, co-founding a production company (Sturgis-Grant) in New York.