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September 9 - October 26, 2014
Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art
Meredith Dean works in various media including painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. She received a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. She is the recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Printmaking.
Ms. Dean was formerly Director of Education and Docent Coordinator for Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. She has taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas, San Antonio since 1991.
In 2000, Ms. Dean and her husband, Dennis Olsen, founded the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) in Florence, Italy, where she frequently teaches, and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors.
Ms. Dean's work has been included in numerous exhibitions including, among others: Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Drury University, Springfield, MO; Castello di Poppi, Poppi, Italy; McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX; State University of New York at Cortland; Parkside National Competition in Kenosha WI; DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; Quincy College, Quincy, IL; Washington University, St. Louis, MO; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Her work is in many public and private collections including: Robert B. Green Hospital, San Antonio, TX: Hallmark Cards Corporate Collection, Kansas City, MO; Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.; Burlington Northern Railroad; Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI; Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI; Comptroller of the Currency; McDonnell Douglas Corporation; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Mark Twain Banks, St. Louis, MO; Kintetsu, Nara, Japan. She is currently represented by REM Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Dennis Olsen is Professor of printmaking, drawing, and digital media at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his M.A. degree from UCLA in 1967 and in that year was awarded a Fulbright grant to study printmaking in Italy. In 1970 he co-founded the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre, now the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) in Florence, Italy, where he served as Director of printmaking classes until his return to the United States in 1981. He is now president of the SRISA Board of Directors.
Mr. Olsenís work has been included in more than 160 exhibitions in the USA, Italy, Canada, Holland, France, Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Peru, Turkey, Estonia, Finland, and Russia.