dana oldfather

Statement & Resume



"The Strain Gives Way," oil, ink, acrylic and pigment on linen, 66" x 80"


By choosing when to show gravity, perspective, atmosphere, and light, I create impossible object/environments and emote through them. The raw energy of my need to make decisions and create outside motherhood charges the images with urgency. I propose a multidimensional diagram of anxiety and the desire to overcome it. The paintings allow me to transform my feelings of dread and insecurity into something physical, tangible, and beautiful; a bittersweet beauty that is brightened by the shadow it casts. I am trying to come to terms with the belief that this is the best of all possible worlds; the possibility that beauty's fullest potential is achieved by coming through darkness. Silky ink stains, oozy acrylic pours, and airy swaths of spray paint float and morph as brushstrokes of oil paint in varying weight nest and knot across an ambiguous horizon. A squishy body attempts to protect itself with a labyrinth of piping that underpins and armors it. A repetitive alignment of struts or bones elicits sound at a specific tempo. The paintings live, breathe, and beat.


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:
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:
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

Gallery Artists – The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, 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
“Gallery Artists’ Summer Group Exhibition”, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH
“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 Abstracted Plane”, Dana Oldfather & Erik Neff, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH
“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” juried by 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 Exhibtiion” 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:


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, September 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, September 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
Gallery Guide, New York, NY, October 2010
Cleveland Gallery Guide, Cleveland, OH 2010-2011 issue
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
pinkEYE , Contemporary Art Blog, February 6, 2010
The Best Part, Contemporary Art Blog, January 19, 2010
ART Milk, Contemporary Art Blog, January 5, 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
Aria Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Eaton Corporate Headquarters, Cleveland, OH
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Vdara Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
Ohio Desk, Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Clinic, Twinsburgh, OH
The Intercontinental Hotel, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Jones Day, Cleveland, OH
Omega Laboratories, Mogadore, OH
Wendy’s Corporation, Dayton, OH
The Progressive Insurance Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Artists’ Foundation, Cleveland, OH
American Greetings, Cleveland, OH
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Marriott Hotel, various cities, USA
Rockwell Automation, Beachwood, OH


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