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Bloomington, IN 47401

(703) 819 5103


My artwork falls in between jewelry and sculpture – three dimensional objects that could be worn as “body art”, hung on a wall, or draped over a table or another object. I think of my artwork as an “intimate immensity” – small scale, evocative, and emotionally powerful.

My point of departure is a kind of psycho-geographic mapping experience – I create objects that are based on psychological issues such as perception, memory, and judgment, while also considering site-specificity, inside/outside space, intimate/exposed space, private/public space. I often combine objects found in nature (mostly stones, wood and feathers) with fabric and metal. The sterling silver, brass, and copper shapes such as rings and wraps are like adornment.

I am fascinated by the intersection of architectural forms and natural objects. Scale is determined by the relationship of the object to the human body or a specific interior space, influencing size, proportion, verticality, horizontality, mass, volume and light.


  • John Waldron Art CenterClimate Shock, (group exhibition) Bloomington, IN 2023
  • FAR Center for Contemporary ArtsRipple Effects: The Adoration of Earth (collaborative exhibition), Bloomington, IN, 2022
  • Hoosier Art Salon98th annual exhibition, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2022
  • Studio KronerGlobal Warming Series: A Collaboration, Cincinnatit, OH, 2022
  • Hoosier Art SalonWinter to Spring Exhibition, New Harmony, IN, 2021
  • Juniper Art Gallery, ongoing representation, Spencer, IN, 2018-present
  • Hoosier Art Salon96th annual exhibition, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2020
  • Art Institute of WashingtonFaculty Exhibition, Arlington, VA, 2009.
  • Del Ray Artisans GalleryAll Things Magicalgroup exhibition, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2007.
  • Montgomery College Gallery, Eve’s Tattoo, collaborative installation, Takoma Park, MD., 1999.
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art4th International Dance and Performance Event, WDC., 1998.
  • University of Kansas Art GalleryEve: A True Story, collaborative art installation, Lawrence, KS., 1998.
  • Julian Scott Memorial Gallerya room for doubt, solo multimedia exhibition, Johnson College, Johnson, VT., 1998.
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, premier: “as to create a third”, Palm Springs, CA., 1997.
  • Surrender Walk: An International Event, collaborative project intended to address the human condition/condition of the earth, and to inspire continuous global walks, 1997.
  • Institute of Modern Art, European premier of “inbetween one and fifty”, Valencia, Spain, 1996
  • La Beneficencia Cultural CenterLa Promesa de Magia, multimedia installation, Valencia, Spain, 1996.
  • Downey Museum of Art, All California: All Media, group exhibition, Downey, CA., 1996.
  • Salina Art Center, Bodies of Work, Salina, KS., 1996.
  • University of ValenciaCompendium Exhibition, Exhibition Hall, Valencia, Spain, 1996.
  • PROTON-ICA, Mouvement/Inertie, Amsterdam, Holland, 1996.
  • Les Brasseurs, de Liege, Belgium, 1996.
  • Ludwig Museum, Museum Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, 1996.
  • Alter Fur Otto, Rinke Klasse Duesseldorf, Kunstakademie, Dresden, Germany, 1996.
  • Banff Centre for the Artsas to create a third, solo premier performance, Banff, Alberta, Canada.,1995.
  • Angels Gate Cultural CenterOne Site at the Gate, photo exhibition, San Pedro, CA, 1995.
  • Matrix GalleryInternational ’95, photo exhibition, Sacramento, CA, 1995.
  • Riveriera Arts CenterAnnual Juried Exhibition, group exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA, 1995.
  • University Art MuseumObjects of Desire, Santa Barbara, CA, 1994.
  • Santa Barbara Art MuseumIn the Fluxus Spirit, Fluxus Performance, Santa Barbara, CA, 1994.
  • University Gallery, University of CaliforniaPrognostic Casualty/Arbitrary Birth, Santa Barbara, 1994.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Presenting Five Indiana Artists, Indianapolis, IN, 1991.

American Craft Council (ACC), craft fair exhibitor at the Winterfair in Baltimore, MD and at West Springfield, MA 1986 – 1990.


Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada. July-December, 1995.



Doctorate. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, VA. 2007.

Master’s of Science. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, VA. 2000.

Master’s of Fine Arts. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. 1994.

Bachelor of Arts. Studio Art/Art History. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 1981.

Institute of International Education Fellowship. Professional Development Fellow, Conflict Resolution & Regional Security Research, Republic of Georgia. August, 2001-March, 2002.


Art Institute of Washington, Part-time Faculty, Arlington, VA. January - July, 2009.

George Mason University, Adjunct Professor, Fairfax, VA. January-June, 2006.

George Mason University, Adjunct Professor, Fairfax, VA. August, 2005-December, 2006.

Johnson State College, Visiting Professor of Sculpture/Contemporary Art History and Gallery Director, Johnson, VT. January-July, 1998.

Pittsburg State University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture/Contemporary Art History and Gallery Director, Pittsburg, KS. August, 1996-May, 1997.

College of Creative Studies, University of California, Visiting Professor of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. August, 1994-June, 1995.


  • Hawes, Dena. Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding. Monograph. VDM Verlag Publishing House. USA, UK, Germany, Spring, 2009.
  • Hawes, Dena. “Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects.”  Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice. Eds. Holly Crawford. Maryland: University Press of America, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2008.
  • Hawes, Dena. “Crucial Narratives: Performance Art and Peace Building”, International Journal of Peace Studies. Vol 12, No. 2. 2007, pp 17-29.
  • Hawes, Dena “Garden of Hope: Letter #2.” Meandering: A Collection of Poetic Verses. Clarkesville, TN, Diversion Press, Summer, 2009.


2020-present: Heartland Community Reconciliation Center DBA Artists For Environmental Restoration (AER), Executive Director, Bloomington, IN.

2013-19: Giving Back to Africa (GBA), Executive Director, Bloomington, IN.

2011-13: Still Point Theatre Collective, Executive Director, Chicago, IL.

2008-11: My Sister’s Place, Inc., Development Assistant, Washington, DC.

2003-06: Center for World Religions, Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution (CDRC), Managing Director George Mason University, Arlington, VA.

2002-03: Eurasia Foundation, Outreach/Development AssociateBaku, Azerbaijan

2001-02: Int’l Center on Conflict & NegotiationProgram/Training Associate, Tbilisi, Georgia.


Advisory Council, Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington


  • Hoosier Art Salon, 96th Annual Exhibition, Award for Three-Dimensional Work, 2020
  • Merit-based, Full Tuition Waiver, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993-4.
  • University of Californian, Santa Barbara Women’s Council: Scholarship, 1993-4.
  • Art Studio Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993.
  • National Endowment of the Arts/Indiana Arts Commission Grant, 1987.
  • Representation in art galleries across the U.S. including Juniper Art Gallery, Spencer, IN and Hoosier Art Salon, New Harmony, IN. Former galleries include ArtWear, New York, NY, The Margo Hansen Collection, New York, NY, and Sculpture to Wear, Los Angeles, CA, and in an art collection in Santa Barbara, CA.


  • Arte: Proyectos e Ideas. Organizacion Movimiento-Inercia. Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) Valencia, Spain, 1996. Catalog.
  • Su Belleza Es Su Mecanica, La Ruta Del Sentido, Oviedo, Spain, 1997. Catalog.
  • Salina Art Center 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Salina, Kansas, 1996. Catalog.
  • “Alcanza hoy su climax la inciativa Moviemiento-Inercia”, Diaro 16 Cultura, 1996. Review.
  • “La Magica esta en el Aire”, Las Provincias Cultura, por Manual Munoz Ibanez, Director, La Beneficencia Cultural Center, October 12, 1996. Review.
  • “El Mundo Del Sueno, La Fantasia y La Libertad Creativa Inundo El Centro La Beneficencia”, Las Provincias Cultura, September 28, 1996. Review.
  • “Back to Basics”, the Santa Barbara News Press, July, 1994. Review.
  • “Three Artists Invite You In”, Santa Barbara Independent, July, 1994. Review.