The work of multi-disciplined, self-taught, visual artist Cleveland Dean exists to address internally personal and societal quandaries in abstract and conceptual ways. His work speaks to that which is the now and how we relate, what our thought process has become and our place in this new inclusion yet isolation based world. 

 

 

 

Cleveland Dean pulls from various elements and life experience and has formed an individual style that reflects his vision and his studies of philosophy, sociology, psychology, history as well as acting as a voyeur of humanity. The centered ideology is to evoke individual thought for the viewer, as opposed to being conditioned to what one should think and see, and how such resonates into other aspects of their lives.

“My goal is to simply recondition people to think, adhere to knowledge and broaden their experience. The time to awaken from this degradation of intellect is now.”

Primarily Cleveland Dean's work finds creation via painting, mixed media, installation, video, sculpture and photography. 

Cleveland Dean is a visual artist and creative entrepreneur. His art has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions at Scope International Contemporary Art Show, Prizm Fair, The Union League Club of Chicago,N'Namdi Contemporary (Miami) Matthew Rachman Gallery, Gallery 914, the Bridgeport Arts Center, Gallery 220, Chicago Loop Alliance, Flatfile Gallery, ZhouB Art Center, University of Chicago, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Union Street Gallery, Phaiz Gallery, Chicago Art Department, Espacino Imagen Alternativa - Mexico City, Mexico, Espacio El Galeron Mexico City, Mexico, the Offices of Leo Burnett, and the Prudential Building. Giving back to the community is paramount to Dean’s mission. He has served as a mentor and artist in residence for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs initiative Know Peace ( formally Painting for Peace ). Cleveland has also served as a working artist on the Board of Directors for both the Chicago Artists Coalition and Graffiti Zone. In addition, Cleveland has been in numerous publications and in several of private collections. 

 

Cleveland Dean is a visual artist, activist, and entrepreneur. 

 

CLEVELAND DEAN

The work of multi-disciplined, self-taught, visual artist Cleveland Dean exists to address this quandary in abstract and conceptual ways speaking to that which is the now and how we relate, what our thought process has become and our place in this new inclusion yet isolation based world. Cleveland Dean pulls from various elements and life experience and has formed an individual style that reflects his vision and his studies of philosophy, sociology, psychology as well as acting as a voyeur of humanity. The centered ideology is to evoke individual thought for the viewer, as opposed to being conditioned to what one should think and see, and how such resonates into other aspects of their lives.

Primarily Cleveland Dean's work finds creation via painting, mixed media, installation, video, sculpture and photography.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Cleveland Dean

creative entrepreneur - multi-disciplinary artist

 

Education:

-Illinois State University (1992)

-Prairie State College (1993-1996)

-Harrington College of Design (2003-2005)

-Self educated in the arts

 

Professional Experience

-Appointed Board of Directors Member for Chicago Artists Coalition (2009-2010): Participate in Program Development, Event Planning, Marketing/ Promotion, Budget Analysis

-    Board of Directors Member Graffiti Zone (2009-2013)

-    300+ works in private collection (September 2005 – Present)

-    Exhibited in over 300 exhibitions (September 2005 – Present)

-    Juror for Fall into the Arts festival - Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, IL

-    Curated over 70 artist to date

-    Member of the Board of Directors Graffiti Zone. 

-    Committee member for the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago youth outreach division

 

SELECTED SOLO/ GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

- BLACKWHITE - N'namdi Contemporary - Miami, FL [solo] 

 

2016

- Only in the Palace of God and Men - Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL [solo] 

- Prism Art Fair - Art Miami 2016

- Scope International Contemporary Art Show - Art Miami 2016

- Exhibition - N’Namdi Contemporary Miami  

2015

- Apotheosis - Mathew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, IL [duo]

- In search of sanity and all things related at Governors State University, University Park, IL [solo]

- Somewhere there's Music - Governors State University [group]

2014

- Away With This Inverted World – Bridgeport Arts Center – Chicago, IL [group]

- Burnt Cherry Blossoms – Gallery 914 – Chicago, IL [solo]

2013

- 78Lb – Offices of Leo Burnett – Chicago, IL [group]

2012

- Flying House 2012 – Maes Studio – Chicago, IL [group]

- Yielding to Commerce – Gallery 220/ Chicago Loop Alliance – Chicago, IL [group]

- I Shall Be Released – Union Street Gallery – Chicago Heights, IL – [group/feature artist]

2011

- Paint, Pigment and Knives – Gallery 220/Chicago Loop Alliance - Chicago, IL [group]

- In This World – The Bluebird – Chicago, IL [solo]

- Minority Art: Inspiration, Obligation - Governors State University - University Park, IL [group]

- Regard*Resist*React - Governors State University - University Park, IL [group]

- I heard he's an Asshole - SENstudio studio project pop up gallery - Chicago, IL [solo]      

- Selections from the Lost in the World Series - Prudential Building - Chicago, IL [group]

2010

- Vice – Creative Lounge in conjunction with Toyota - Chicago, IL [group]    

- Aspire - Exhibition at Prudential Building - Chicago, IL [group]

- Principles in Motion – Univ. of Chicago - Chicago, IL     [group]

- Massive - Exhibition at Governors State University. - Olympia Fields, IL [solo]

- Salon 1- Prak-sis - Chicago, IL     [solo]

- Nowhere From Here - FR works on Paper Gallery - Chicago, IL [solo]

- Sonic Strata – Prak-sis  - Chicago, IL [solo]

2009

- Sticks and Stones – Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL   [group]

- Equinoccio de Primavera - Chicago, IL [group]

- Spirituality in art – Murphy Hill Gallery    - Chicago, IL [group]

- We Are – Zhou B Art Center - Chicago, IL [group]

- Black/White/Abstract -River East Art Center - Chicago, IL [duo]

- Celebration 2009 – Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL [group] 

- Tube Series: We Are - Chicago Art Department - Chicago, IL [collab]

2008

- Chicago Artist Coalition Art Open - Chicago, IL[group]

- Unlearn - Phaiz Gallery - Chicago, IL [solo]

- Interpretable Chaos - Flatfile Gallery - Chicago, Il [solo]

- Look - Look Gallery - Chicago, IL [solo]

2007

- Q4 Gallery - Chicago, IL [group]

- Resolution - Las Manos Gallery Chicago, IL [group]

- Interpretable Chaos v.1 - Gallery of the Hot House - Chicago, IL [solo]

- PUMA/ Guillermo Vilas tribute - All Rise Gallery - Chicago, IL [group]

- Q4 Gallery - Chicago, IL [group]

- Tzeta Gallery - Chicago, IL [group]

- Around the Coyote - Chicago, IL[solo]

- Around the Coyote - Chicago, IL [group]

2006

- Collective Reasoning v.2 - Chicago, IL - [solo]

- CoreNET Silent Auction - Chicago, IL - [group]

- Espia - Espacino Imagen Alternativa - Mexico City, Mexico [solo]

- Espacio El Galeron- Desde Chicago y en Oposicion - Mexico City, Mexico [group]

- Around the Coyote – Meble - Chicago, IL [group]

2005

- Collective Reasoning v.1 - Chicago, IL - [solo]