A professor of printmaking at the University of Virginia since 1983, Dean Dass was born in Hampton, Iowa and received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1980. With numerous solo and group exhibitions to his credit throughout the United States and abroad, Dass has also established a fruitful collaborative relationship and exchange with artists in Finland over the years. He has taught and exhibited there, curated exhibitions of contemporary Scandinavian art and brought a number of Finnish artists to UVa for residencies. Most recently, he participated in the 12th International Print Triennial, Graphica Creativa ’09 at the Jyväskylä Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland.
Equally adept in media and forms as diverse as traditional printmaking, wood sculpture, artists’ books, oil paintings and the pioneering use of the ink jet printer, for this exhibition he will exhibit exquisite new paintings, luminous and mysterious, of local rivers, and also romantic and desolate landscapes based on his trip to the Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle this past summer.
Dass’s work is in numerous public collections including, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, The Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, and the National Collection of Poland, Krakow.
The new gallery was designed by W.G. Clark, currently the Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and before that design critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Widely published and subject of the book Clark and Menefee by Richard Jensen, Clark has won national and international competitions, has been twice listed in Time Magazine as one of America’s best designers, and has received three National Design awards from the American Institute of Architects.
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