Dena is a multi-media artist who resides in Bloomington, IN. She has taught new genre/sculpture and contemporary art issues at the university level for five years. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1994. She has worked for nonprofits, international non-governmental agencies and universities for over 25 years.
Dena earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters and Doctoral degree from the James and Rosalyn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University. From 2001-02 she was a Professional Development Fellow with the Institute for International Education doing Conflict Resolution and Security research in the Republic of Georgia.
Dena is a visual and performance artist, a world record holder, and the author of a book entitled Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding, Omniscriptum Publishing Group, 2009, a book chapter entitled "Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects", Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice, Eds Holly Crawford, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, and has also published several journal articles and poetry.