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About the Artifacts and Remixes
To see the world through a rearview mirror according to Marshall McLuhan, is to interpret the present or the future with the tools of the past .   Some artists choose detachment from reference to the past.  This artist uses reference to layer the depth of meaning.   Whether it is the elements of construction themselves, such as nails, or the imagery of historical bronze such as figurative sculpture, the work seeks not to obscure or disinherit it's origins but to claim them in new ways.  Like remixed music and fashion, remixed metals are constructions built from pre-existing ideas using history as a fabric to articulate something contemporary.

Beauty found within the ugly or the ugliness within something beautiful are often the focus of the artistic.  Ugliness is only an attitude that limits the ability to perceive. Children do not see ugly, Ray

TRANSFORMATION in process in South Bend 2012

About Jan Dean
Jan Dean is a visual artist whose artworks explore the paradox and psychology found in material culture. The work draws from the meeting of Western culture and Eastern philosophies. Materials dominate the visual appearance of the work but sentience and the human experience are what it articulates.

Dean's work can be found in many private collections nationally and internationally.  See the events page for a current listing of exhibitions.

She helped create Gallery 37 and taught its first 3 years.  She's taught for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Ceramics, the City Colleges of Chicago, Harper College, South Suburban College, Indiana University, and ITT Tech.

Jan currently lives in South Bend IN

Gallery 37, Chicago 1992

MFA    Cranbrook Academy   Sculpture    1990

BA       Indiana University       Fine Arts      1982     Minor in Women's Studies under Gloria Kauffman

Abbreviated Selection of Exhibitions
2012   Carnegie Art Center, Three Rivers MI
2011   ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
2011   Fire Arts, South Bend, IN
2011   Woodnote Art Space, South Bend, IN
2010   Morton College, Cicero, IL
2010   South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2009   South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2009   Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2008   Oakton Community College, Des Plaines IL
2008   Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
2008   Governor’s State University, University Park, IL
2007   Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL       
2007   Chicago City Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007   South Suburban College, South Holland, IL                                                      
2007   Governors State University, University Park, IL                                            
2006   Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL                                                      
2006   Koehnline Art Museum, Des Plaines, IL                                                       
2006   Chicago Sculptors International, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL     
2006   Iron Bridge International Cast Iron Exhibit, hosted in UK,
2005   Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL       
2004   Encore, Mitchell Museum, Invitational Exhibition, Carbondale, IL                    
2004   Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, Invitational Exhibition, Peoria, IL        
2002   Second Shift, Invitational Exhibition, The Nature Museum, Chicago, IL    
2002   To Kiss the Spirits, Invitational Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL     
2002   Twisted, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL,                                               
2001   Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001   Artemisia Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2000   McLean County Arts Center, Invitational Exhibition, Bloomington, IL
2000   Wood Street Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, Chicago, IL                             
2000   Illinois State Art Museum, Juried Exhibition, Springfield, IL                          
2000   Indiana University Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, South Bend, IN 
2000   Illinois State University Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Bloomington, IL                    
2000   Southern Illinois Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Rend Lake, IL                         
1999   Illinois Women: The New Millennium, Nat. Museum for Women in the Arts, Wash. D.C.
1999   Illinois Women: The New Millennium, Illinois St Art Gallery, Chicago, IL     
1998   Small Packages, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Juror
1998   Visual Artists Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Ann Taylor, Juror
1998   Quad State Juried Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL, Joan Rothfuss, Juror
1998   Midwest Sculpture Exhibition, S. Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN, Michael Dunbar, Juror
1997   19th Biennial Exhibition, S. Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN, Edward Maldonado, Juror
1997   12th Ann. Exhibition Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, Stephen Luecking, Juror
1997   Art Forms ’97, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, IN, Dr. Russell Panczenko, Juror
1997   Exhibition, Gallery E.G.G., Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL                             
1994   Suburban Fine Arts Center, Award, Highland Park, IL, Ed Maldonado, Juror               
1994   16th Biennial Exhibition, S. B. Regional Museum of Art, S. Bend, IN, Richard Hunt, Juror
1993   Baer Competition, Arts Center Beverly, IL, David Schulman, Laura Hoptman, Jurors
1993   The Contemporary Art Center, Arlington Heights. IL, James Yood, Hollis Sigler, Jurors   

Grants & Awards
  Artist in Action, 3 month residency, Downtown South Bend, IN
2003   Artist’s Residency, Oxbow Summer School of Art, SAIC, Saugatuck, MI
2001   Artist’s Residency, Oxbow Summer School of Art, SAIC, Saugatuck, MI
1999   Awarded Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago,IL
1998   Awarded Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago,IL
1998   Artist’s Residency, Oxbow Summer School of Art, SAIC, Saugatuck, MI
1997   Merit Award; South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
1994   Award Winner, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
1991   Solo Exhibition, Countryside Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL
1989   Teaching Assistantship, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1989   State Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy, MI
1982   State Scholarship, Indiana University, IN

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