dana oldfather

Statement & Resume



"Slate Bed 1," acrylic and airbrush on Yupo, 30" x 49"


My paintings explore relationships between partners, parents and children, friends, people and nature. Traditional ideas about femininity and motherhood are questioned as women in this work bounce back and forth between getting it done and becoming undone. The figures are in motion, wild and oddly shaped, sometimes with claw-like hands or nipples protruding through their clothes. These portrayals of what it feels like to be a woman contrast the ways in which women have been portrayed in the past. Piles of bodies at work or play are bound up together. They support each other and crowd each other in a landscape; the kind of landscape one sees outside the car window while driving out of town down the interstate. Glazes, drips, sprays, veils, slashes and daubs build up things like pine trees, transformers, grass, skulls, stars, underpants, houseplants, dishes, flying bugs, fire hydrants, and bodies with too many hands, feet, knees and elbows. I use anxious mark making, exaggerated body language, and warped perspective to mirror a rushing world distorted by apprehension. These paintings underscore the inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America today.



The Satellite Fund, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, and The Warhol Foundation – New York, NY
The Hopper Prize Short List


Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award


Bring em Back, Zygote Press – Cleveland, OH


David Bown, 10th Semiannual Competition, Honorable Mention – New York, NY
MOCA Cleveland, Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Awardee, Naomi Beckwith, MCA Chicago, IL

2014 David Bown, 7th Semiannual Competition, Honorable Mention, New York, NY

Ohio Portfolio, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award


William & Dorothy Yeck Award Winner, juried by Irene Hofmann, Heistand Galleries, Miami U,  Oxford, OH


Fellowship, Financial Aid, and Visual Artist Residency, The Vermont Studio Center – Johnson, VT Artist in Residence, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2009 Summer Quarter Grant, Working Artist Org.

Second Place FInalist, 9th Annual National Young Painters Competition, juried award by Peter Plagens, Heistand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2020 Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN "Beast" Red Arrow Gallery,  Nashville, TN
2019 "Out of the Woods Into the Weeds," McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, OH

“Candyland” Galleries at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Dana Oldfather, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2016 "Sweet, Sweet Sweet: New Paintings," Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2012 William & Dorothy Yeck Award Winner Exhibition, Heistand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2011 “Give Us a Fence and Some Room to Run”, AIR Exhibition, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2010 “Rising Above”, eo Art Lab, Chester, CT
“We Are Mountains”, William Rupnik Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006 “Florescence” solo exhibition, E Gordon Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Selected Two Person & Group Exhibitions:
2020 Zg Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
University Hospital, Cleveland, OH

"Tightly Unwound" Gallery W at American Greetings Corporate Headquarters, Westlake, OH

Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH


“Fathom Five”, Progressive Main Campus, Mayfield, OH

Art on Paper, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, NY
“Drawn Together,” Heights Art, Cleveland Heights, OH


“Echoes,” Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, NY

Colors Lines Layers", CASS Contemporary, Tampa, FL
"The Para-Natural World," Zg Gallery , Chicago, IL
Art Palm Beach, Miami, FIL
2016 Miami Project,  Miami Beach, FL
Texas Contemporary,  Houston, TX
"Natural Tendencies," Coburn Gallery, Center for the Arts, Ashland University, Ashland, OH
"Vox XII: News and Weather", Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH
2014 ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH
Quarter Art, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2013 Out with the Old, Summer Group Exhibition, Library Street Collective, Detroit , MI

NE Ohio Abstract Artists, Curated by Martin Ball, Kent State Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

NOADA ARTExpo, Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH

“Hold the Wall: Trends in Contemporary Painting”, Curated by Dan Tranberg, CSU Gallery, Cleveland, OH

“Contemporaries 2013”, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2012 12 x 12, juried by Rebecca Wilson, Director, Saatchi Gallery, Online

“White Christmas” Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

“Ohio Governor’s Office & Residence Exhibition”, Columbus, OH


“Sweet & Dangerous,” Dana Oldfather & Anthony Bartholomew, Survival Kit Gallery, Cleveland, OH

"12th Annual National Young Painters - Finalist Exhibition", juried by Irene Hoffman, Heistand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH
“ArtPrize Grand Rapids” Women’s City Club Exhibition Center, Grand Rapids, MI
“Ohio Governor’s Office & Residence Exhibition” Columbus, OH

“Synesthesia” eo art lab, Chester, CT
“Intersections” Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
“Annual Paint Snob Exhibition”, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
2010 “The Ties That Bind”, eo art lab, Chester, CT
“Affordable Art Fair”, with eo art lab, New York, NY
"Common Purpose", eo art lab, Chester, CT
"2nd Anniversary Show", POVevolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“App to the Future”, Spaces Gallery VIP Invitational Cleveland, OH
“Annual Benefit Exhibition”, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
“Shared Response”, eo Art Lab, Chester, CT
“The Expanding Gesture”, Cleveland Clinic Art Exhibition Space, Cleveland, OH
“11th Annual National Young Painters Competition” jury; Raphaela Platow, Heistand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH


“Give and Take”, eo Art Lab, Chester, CT
“Frigid Art”, Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland, OH
“Erie Prom”, VIP Invitational Benefit Exhibition, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2008 “Exurbs: A Collective Environment” The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH
 Gallery Artists, The Bennett Street Gallery – Atlanta, GA
“85th Annual Spring Show”, juried by David Hickey, Erie Art Museum – Erie, PA
“9th Annual National Young Painters – Finalist Exhibition” juried by Peter Plagens, Heistand Galleries, Miami University – Oxford, OH
2007 Gallery Artists, Convergence Gallery – Santa Fe, NM


“Sayonara” Closing Gallery Show, E Gordon Gallery – Cleveland, OH
Selected Bibliography:


Dana Oldfather, Hopper Prize Journal Into Contemporary Art, March 31, 2020

ArtMaze Magazine, Winter Iss. 16, juried by Scott Ogden of Shrine NYC, London, UK – January, 202

Studio Visit Artist, I Like Your Work Podcast, Season 2, Episode 14 with Robert Gamblin, Dec. 6, 2019“Dana Oldfather is Out of the Woods”, Brittany Hudak, CAN Journal – Fall Quarter, 20190INPA 9 Manifest Painting Annual, 2019
Artist/Artist, Rebecca Cross, CAN Journal – Spring Quarter, 2019


Create! Magazine, blog interview – September 12, 2018, Issue 11 2018

A View From the Easel, Hyperallergic – February 23, 2018

Anniversary Issue, ArtMaze Magazine, October 2017

Makers CAN Journal Blog, Brittany M Hudak
Indulging in Departures from Reality, by Chris Miller, Newcity Art, February 20, 2017

100 Best 2016, Creative Quarterly Annual Book, April 2017
Featured Artist, The Art of Spray by Lori Zimmer, January 2017

I Want Candy, by Joe Nolan, Number: Inc - November 13, 2016

A Beautiful Mind: Cerebral Musings Profound Pictures with Universal Appeal, by Michael C. Butz,
Cleveland Canvas, Fall/Winter 2016, p20.
Artist Spotlight: Booooooom Art!, October 21,2016

Sugar, a New Abstract Series Debuts, Red Arrow Gallery, by C. Acree, Nashville Arts Mag., 9/2018

Creative Quarterly 43, The Journal of Art and Design , New York, NY, Summer 2016

So Sweet by Douglas Max Utter, CAN Journal, July 13, 2016

Cheerful and Radiant, but Carefully Orchestrated by Kelly Reaves, New City, June 6, 2015

Artist to Know - Fall Arts Feature, Cleveland Magazine


Featured Artist, Pipin & Pearl, online blog – January 2

Absolut 2140 3rd Book, ROJO Projects – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2013 Dana Oldfather, The Quiet Painter, by Joseph Clark, Scene Magazine People Issue - August 14

Cleveland Connection Blurs Lines, by Josh Usmani, Cool Cleveland – August 7
Dana Oldfather Talks Painting and Critiquing Others’ Paintings, by Joseph Clark, Scene Magazine – July 29

The Pleasure of Seeing by Lane Cooper, artHOPPER - June 12, 2013
CSU Gallery Show Curated by Dan Tranberg Shows How Painters Strive For Wall Power, Steve Litt, The Plain  Dealer – May 31, 2013

Cover Art & Featured Artist, CAN Journal – Summer Quarter, 2013
Around Noon, IdeaStream 90.3, Live Radio Interview with Dee Perry – March 28, 2013

Butler Institute of American Art Exhibition by Cleveland Artist Includes Massive Abstract Work, The V indicator February 26, 2013
Dana Oldfather Brings Fresh New Work to Campus District, Campus District Observer – February, 2013

Interview, Eye Likey Blogspot – Janurary, 2013


ART Milk, Dana Oldfather & Alyson Fox, New Dinnerware with Ink Dish – November 26, 2012

Sweet Station – November, 2012
100 Critics 100 Days, Critic’s Choice, Saatchi Online – August, 2012
Featured Artist, The Meadow, Art and Literature Journal, May 2012
ART Milk, Featured Artist – Janurary 23, 2012
2011 Women’s City Center Exhibition Review, by Joseph Becherer, The Grand Rapids Press, Sept. 29, 2011
Featured Artist, Beautiful Decay, November 17, 2011
Featured Artist, Superstition Review, Arizona State University
Cover and interior art, Interrupture, Poetry and Art Journal, October, 2011
The Medium is the Message by Joseph Clark, Scene Magazine, Cleveland, OH, Sept. 7, 2011 Book 6, Beautiful Decay
Dana Oldfather, Artist a Day, Contemporary Art Blog featured on iGoogle, March 5, 2011


The Abstracted Plane, Scene Magazine, Michael Gill, Cleveland, OH, November 17, 2010
Rising Above, Dana Oldfather, color photo in metro, The New York Times, New York, NY, October 17, 2010
Design Firm Turns Dinnerware Into Works of Art, The New York Times, New York, NY, September 9, 2010
Fairest of the Fair, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, August 1, 2010
Cover Art, The Meadow, Art and Literature Journal, Reno, NV, May 2010
Mountaintime, Scene Magazine, Douglas Max Utter, April 28, 2010, p23.
Featured Artist, Beautiful Decay, Contemporary Art Mag Official Blog, Los Angeles, February 23, 2010
15 illustrators/artists to watch, Boss Style, Boston Contemporary Style Blog, February 10, 2010


Critic’s Pick, Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Online Art News, August 14, 2009
Cover Artwork, Redivider, Art and Culture Journal, Boston, MA, Fall 2009 Issue
Best of the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus Dispatch Review, August 2, 2009.
Blanket Magazine, Downloadable Online Art Zine, Issue 17: The Consumer Issue, August, 2009.
Sideswiped, Douglas Max Utter, Scene Magazine, Cleveland, OH July 22-28, 2009, p 26
Opening Night: 19 @ Asterisk Gallery, Hello My Name is Art, Cleveland Art Blog, July 7, 2009
Cover Artwork, Cleveland Magazine’s Gallery Guide, Cleveland, OH, May, 2009.
Messy Magazine, Issue 3 – The Happiest Life, pgs 3, 7 and 26.
Dana Oldfather, A Romance in Lower Mathematics, Hello My Name is Art, Cleveland Art Blog, Feb 4, 2009
Studio Visit Magazine, Issue 5, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, p. 126 and 127.

Capsule Reviews Exurbs: A Collected Environment, Theresa Bembnister, Scene Magazine, April 2, 2008

Muse, A Quarterly Journal by the Lit, Premier Issue, Cleveland, OH, January, 2008, pg. 10

Miami Displays Winning Work, Sara Pearce, Cincinnati Enquirer, January 24, 2008, Life Section


Come Closer, Zachary Lewis, Scene Magazine, Cleveland, OH April 25, 2007

Gallery Owner Returns with Show That Focuses on Taking ‘Closer’ Look, Dan Tranberg, Friday! The Plain Dealer, April 27, 2007, p. T21


Florescence, Zachary Lewis, Scene Magazine, May 24 – 30, 2006, p. 25

Artist’s New Work Focuses on Women, Dan Tranberg, Friday! The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2006 p.T29

Cover and Featured Artist of the Month, Epitome Magazine, Cleveland, OH, May, 2006 p.14-15

No Vacancies, Tim Vickers, Cleveland Magazine, March, 2006, p.22

Art Exhibits, Brooke Willis, Northern Ohio Live, February, 2006, p.13


Shedding Sweetness and Light on our Society’s Heavy Subjects, Dan Tranberg, Friday! The Plain Dealer, August 5, 2005, p49


Being Creative, Dana Oldfather, Being Magazine Vol. 1, Issue 2, p20.


Living, Working, Creating, Builders Exchange, The Magazine, December, p15.

Public and Private Collections:

American Campus Communities, Austin, TX
American Greetings, Cleveland, OH
Aria Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
The Cleveland Cavaliers Arena, Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Artists’ Foundation, Cleveland, OH
The Cosmopolitan , Las Vegas, NV
Eaton Corporate Headquarters, Cleveland, OH
E7 Design, Austin, TX
First Energy, Cleveland, OH
The Gates Group, Cleveland, OH
Hilton Hotel, Cleveland, OH
Hyatt Hotel, Cambridge, MA
The Intercontinental Hotel, Cleveland, OH
Jones Day, Cleveland, OH

Marriott Hotel, various cities, USA
MGM Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Miami University, Oxford, OH
National Polymer Research Center, Univ. of Akron, OH
Oatey Company, Cleveland, OH
Ohio Desk, Cleveland, OH
Omega Laboratories, Mogadore, OH
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
The Progressive Insurance Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
Rockwell Automation, Beachwood, OH
Sacred Pepper, Tampa, FL
Stinson Leonard St,  Kansas City, MO
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Vdara Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
Wendy’s Corporation, Dayton, OH
Westin Hotel, Cleveland, OH
Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH


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