Curriculum Vitae

QUALIFICATIONS

2015
Masters of Arts by research, Federation University, Victoria

1990/92
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts

1979/82
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree in Art History, University of Melbourne


AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2015
Foundation Obras art residency, Evoramonte, Portugal

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


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hot House, .M Contemporary, Sydne

2018
Lure, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2017
Herbarium, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015
The Glass Garden, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

2014|
An Un-Natural History (Masters Exhibition), Gallerysmith, Melbourne

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

2018
Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Centre, Werribee

2016
Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria

2015
Unintended (Refrains:), George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne

2014
Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
Goldcoast Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Queensland
Stanthorpe Festival Art Show, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

2012
Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
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


BIBLIOGRAPHY/REVIEWS

2015
'Dena Kahan The Glass Garden', Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery of Ballarat

August 2015
Sarah Sweet, Dena Kahan – The Glass Garden, Art Almanac

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


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 drawing at the Lyceum Club, Melbourne.