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Edan: Objects of Delight

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  • Juniper Art Gallery, ongoing exhibition, Spencer, IN, 2020-21
  • Hoosier Art Salon, Winter to Spring, New Harmony, IN 2021
  • Hoosier Art Salon, 96th annual exhibition, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2020
  • Faculty Exhibition, Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA, 2009.
  • All Things Magical, group exhibition, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2007. 
  • Eve’s Tattoo, collaborative installation, Montgomery College Gallery, Takoma Park, MD., 1999.
  • 4th International Dance and Performance Event, Corcoran Gallery of Art, WDC., 1998.
  • Eve: A True Story, collaborative art installation, University of Kansas Art Gallery, KS., 1998.
  • a room for doubt, solo multimedia exhibition, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, 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 Promesa de Magia, multimedia installation, La Beneficencia Cultural Center, Valencia, Spain, 1996.
  • All California: All Media, group exhibition, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA., 1996.
  • Bodies of Work, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS., 1996.
  • Inbetween one and fifty, video screening, Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain, 1996.
  • Compendium Exhibition, Exhibition Hall, University of Valencia, Spain, 1996.
  • Mouvement/Inertie, PROTON-ICA, Amsterdam, Holland, 1996.
  • Les Brasseurs, de Liege, Belgium, 1996.
  • Museum Ludwig Forum, Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany, 1996.
  • Alter Fur Otto, Rinke Klasse Duesseldorf, Kunstakademie, Dresden, Germany, 1996.
  • as to create a third, solo performance, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada.,1995.
  • One Site at the Gate, photo exhibition, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, 1995..
  • International ’95, photo exhibition, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 1995.
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, group exhibition, Riveriera Arts Center, Santa Barbara, CA, 1995.
  • Objects of Desire, University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 1994.
  • In the Fluxus Spirit, Fluxus Performance, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 1994.
  • Prognostic Casualty/Arbitrary Birth, University Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994.
  • American Craft Council (ACC), craft fair exhibitor at the Winterfair in Baltimore, MD and at West Springfield, MA 1986 – 1990. 


  • Hoosier Art Salon, 96th Annual Exhibition, Award for Three-Dimensional Work, 2020
  • Merit-based, Full Tuition Waiver from 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, Hoosier Art Salon, New Harmony, IN. Former representation at ArtWear, New York, NY, The Margo Hansen Collection, New York, NY, and Sculpture to Wear, Los Angeles, CA, and in a 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.


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.


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, Visiting Professor of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, August, 1994-May, 1995.


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.



2019-present: Heartland Community Reconciliation Center (HCRC), 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 Associate, Baku, Azerbaijan

2001-02: International Center on Conflict & Negotiation, Program and Training Associate, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. 


  • 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.
  • War Stories. Artist’s Profile/review.  AsianWeek Magazine, San Francisco, 1995.
  • Coastal Project. Review. P-Form Performance Art Magazine, Chicago, Il., September 26, 1993.