Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2012

'The Provisional Sublime', Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2011

'Glass Garden', Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2009

'Strange Garden', Red Gallery, Melbourne

2008

'Recent Paintings', Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2008

'On Glass', Woodbine Art, Malmsbury

2007

'The Idea of Perfection', Alluvial Gallery, Bendigo

2006

'Looking Through Glass', Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2002

New Paintings', Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne

1997

'Some things to do with string', WestSpace, Melbourne

1993

'Looking Up', RM 4, Linden Gallery, Melbourne


Collaborative Exhibitions

2008

'In Modern Memory', La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo

2006

'In Modern Memory', Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

1998

Carolyn Dew, Dena Kahan & Susan Hewitt, Talk Artist's Initiative, Melbourne

1994

'6 Easy Pieces', Elizabeth Boustead & Dena Kahan, Temple Studios, Melbourne


Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

Stanthorpe Festival Art Show, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

2012

'Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award', Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania

2012

'R & M McGivern Prize', Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

2010

Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery

2009

'R & M McGivern Prize', Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

2007

'An intimate look', UPstairs Gallery, Bundanon Homestead, NSW

2006

Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery

Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2004

Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, Bendigo

'Made Here – 10 years at the studio', StArt, Melbourne

2003

'Reunion', George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne

2001-2003

'We Are Australian', Travelling Exhibition, Australia and abroad

2000

Sally's Paddock Winery Prize, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne

1999

'Minim-art', Talk Artist's Initiative, Melbourne

1997

Latrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne

1996

'Love at the Carlisle Lodge Motel', Carlisle Lodge Motel, Melbourne

'Everyone Goes to Dimmeys', Dimmeys shop window, Melbourne

1995

'Artworkz 7', Gallery 101, Melbourne

'Shifting Ground', Linden Gallery, Melbourne

Murdoch Prize Exhibition, Melbourne

1993

'Parcel Post Show', RM 4, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1992

Platform, Melbourne


Collections

Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

Bundanon Trust

Museum of Victoria

Lyceum Club, Melbourne

Private collections in Australia and abroad


Awards

2014

Awarded the Stanthorpe Festival Major Art Prize

2013

Awarded a Federation University Australia Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2008

Awarded Australia Council grant for New Work

2008

Studio Residency, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

2005

Bundanon Artist's Residency

1995

Awarded Pat Corrigan exhibition grant

1989

Sponsored by the Ian Potter Foundation to study in Florence

1984

Awarded the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes Scholarships to study in the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum

Bibliography/Reviews

20 October 2012

Megan Backhouse, The Age

5 February 2011

Dan Rule, The Age

21 June 2008

Megan Backhouse, The Age

2007

Making Space. Artist-run initiatives in Victoria, VIA-N

23 May 2007

After the Weather, Win News, Channel 9

17 May 2007

James Taylor, The Bendigo Advertiser

14 May 2007

Terri-Anne Kingsley, ABC Website

14 May 2007

Jo Printz, Breakfast with Jonathan Ridnell, ABC Local Radio, Central Victoria

16 September 2006

Megan Backhouse, The Age

15 September 2006

Penny Webb, The Age

6 September 2006

Amanda Smith, The Deep End, Radio National

2006

Stephen Haley, A reflection, on glass, Catalogue Essay

25 February 2006

Megan Backhouse, The Age

2002

Amanda Johnson, New Paintings – Sky Pieces, Catalogue Essay

July 2002

Megan Backhouse, The Age

1998

Sandra Bridie, Conversations between Carolyn Dew, Susan Hewitt, Dena Kahan and Sandra Bridie, talk 32

19 December 1997

Rebecca Lancashire, The Age

17 December 1997

Anna Clabburn, The Age



Qualifications

1990/92

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts

1979/82

Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree in Art History, University of Melbourne


Related Activities

Dena has worked as a Tutor in the Department of Art History at the University of Melbourne, an Art Conservator at the CCMC at the University of Melbourne and a Curatorial Assistant to the Deputy Keeper of Prints at the British Museum. She currently teaches painting at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne.