About

Dena Nord blends together design thinking with an organic process to create vivid abstract paintings. Her artwork brings statements to walls by offering visual playgrounds for the eye. When composing paintings, Dena works in a variety of mediums with a diverse set of color palettes. Her plant-like layouts seem to radiate with rhythm on the canvas. Her goal is to move your eye around the work and let the viewer find his or her own imagery within the shapes.

She was born and raised outside of Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2009, where she focused on both design and painting. Dena currently works as an artist and educator while living in Milwaukee, WI. She is also a founding partner at Odvant Creative, a small design studio. Her work has been exhibited at the augmented world expo in Santa Clara California, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Gallerie M in Milwaukee, and other galleries throughout her career.

See her personal photography series, called The Feet Project, here.

EDUCATION
2007 • Summer Abroad in Tuscany, University of Georgia
2009 • BFA, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

EMPLOYMENT
5/15–Present • Odvant Creative, Partner and Founder
3/12–5/15 • Milwaukee Art Museum, Designer
3/12–5/15 • Splash Studio, Lead Artist & Designer
3/11–3/12 • The Kohler Company, Designer

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
11/08–1/09 • Milwaukee Jewish Day School
3/12–5/15 • Splash Studio
2/14 • Garden Homes Lutheran High School
11/14–Present • Cedarburg Cultural Center
1/16 • Carmen High School Winter Session

RESIDENCIES
2014 • Finalist for Artist in Residence, The Pfister Hotel
5/15 • Artist in Residence, Cedarburg Cultural Center

FEATURED LIVE PAINTER
6/12 • Common Pitch Milwaukee
2012 • Eisner Museum, New Years Eve
2013 & 2014 • Milwaukee Art Museum, New Years Eve
2014 & 2015 • Urban Island Beach Party
2015 & 2016 • Arte Para Todos

PUBLIC  ART
8/13  •  Little Free Public Library
2014–2016 •  Artist Working in Education, Lead Summer Artist
2015  •  Milwaukee Maker Faire Bottle Cap Portrait Creation

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
10/11  •  Brookfield High School
6/12  •  The Hide House
7/12  •  Splash Studio
4/13  •  Gallerie M
7/13  •  Timothy J. Showcase
9/15   •  Tonic Tavern Bay View

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2/14  •  Cedarburg Cultural Center, You Gotta Have Art Gala
5/14  •  Augmented World Expo: AR Art Gala
8/14  •  Splash Studio, Complex Croma
4/15  •  Arts At Large, 43 Voices
5/15  •  Rochester Museum of Art, 2015 Biennial

GROUP SHOWS
11/08  •  Dark Star Galleria
1/11  •  The Hide House, Gallery Night
5/11  •  Art Milwaukee Jamboree
9/11 & 11/12  •  Made in Milwaukee
4/12–6/12  •  The Waxwing
6/14  •  Underground Collaborative
6/14–6/15  •  Revive Gallery
10/14  •  Italian Community Center
7/14  •  The Bradley Center, The Mecca Floor Project
5/15–9/15  •  The Muse Gallery Guest House

ACHIEVEMENTS AND HONORS
Since 7/11  •  American Institute of Graphic Artists, Member
3/11  •  Art Mail Milwaukee, Featured Artist
1/12  •  Art House Reveal Art Contest, 1st Place
11/12  •  League of Milwaukee Artists, Guest Speaker
6/11 & 10/13  •  Art Milwaukee, Piece of the Week
3/13  •  Creative Arts Council, Founding Member
6/13  •  Innovation in Milwaukee Arts Competition, 1st Place
2013  •  The Dena Nord App
2013–2014  •  League of Milwaukee Artists, Member
2015  •  Design Like Mad, Participant
2015  •  Muscular Dystrophy Association Artist Auction, Participant