Dena Hawes is a multi-media artist who resides in Bloomington, IN. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1994. She earned a BA from Indiana University; MFA from University of California, Santa Barbara; and PhD in Peace Studies and Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
In addition to teaching art and contemporary art issues at universities, she was also an IIE Professional Development Fellow researching conflict resolution and regional security matters in the Republic of Georgia, and Hawes authored the book: Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding as well as many articles and poetry. Her most recent work unites her background with art seeking resolution between nature and modern life.