Dennis Lee Mitchell

BIO

Ethereal strokes of smoke touch the paper and create calm and intimate subjects in artist Dennis Lee Mitchell’s drawings. His delicate materials provide a sense of vulnerability through his voluntary and unforced process.

“Secrets don’t make art, it’s simply smoke applied to the surface of paper” explains Mitchell about his pieces. Although not secretive or simple, his smoke works challenge a sense of mystery to the artist and audience.

 RESUME


Recent Solo Exhibitions

2016 Future solo show scheduled for early summer at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

2015 “Smoke on Paper” Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
2014 “Smoke Drawings” William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2013 “Dennis Lee Mitchell Smoke Drawings,” C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland 2012 “Earth and Fire,” Patraidas Contemporary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2011 “Distillation,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2009 “Origin,” Alcoma Gallery, Athens, Greece
2008 “Human Nature,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 “Material Transformation,” Kemper Art Gallery, Illinois Institute of Technology,

Chicago, Illinois
2006 “Sense of Origin,” Clarke House Museum, Chicago, Illinois

“Source,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2005 “Manifest,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2004 “Sculptures,” Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

“New Works,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2001 “Sculptures,” Amalgama Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

Recent Group Exhibitions

2016 U.S. State Department, Art in Embassy Exhibition, Invited on-site lecturer, U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey, (February)

2015 “Two Person Show”, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
U.S. State Department, Art in Embassy Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey

2014 “New Media Exploration,” University of St. Francis, University Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana

2013 “Mighty Small,” Patraidas Contemporary, Ogden, Utah
2012 “Dennis Lee Mitchell/Olivia Petraides/Lisa Sambor,” Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art,

Chicago, Illinois
“We Find Our Way,” Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey

2011 “Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms,” Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2010 CAA Seoul 2010, Kepco Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
The Chicago Art Loop Open, Chicago, IL
NCECA 2010 Invitational, Moore Galleries, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA “Trompe L’Oeil,” John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California

2009 “Considering Spring,” Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington “Perspective,” Function Art, Chicago, IL
The 5
th World Contemporary Ceramic Biennale, Icheon-city South Korea

2008 “The Leaf and the Page,” Illinois State Museum, Chicago, IL “Revisions,” Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Trompe L’Oeil, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California

2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju City, Chungbuk, South Korea, Honorable Mention

“Botanical,” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Sculpture Invasion,” Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des

Plaines, IL
“Contemporary,” Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art XIII, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California
21
st International Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

“Match,” Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2006 “Ingrained Passion,” Function + Art, Chicago, Illinois

Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL
“30 Ceramic Sculptors,” John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA “Nature/Culture,” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Chicago Sculptors Biennale, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL Biennale, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

“People of the Mud: A Look at Chicago Ceramics,” Chicago Tourism Center, Chicago, Illinois

2005 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
“Magnificent Extravagance,” Artists and Opulence, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts,

Racine, Wisconsin
“Manifest,” Solo Exhibition, Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004 “Earth,” Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL
“Global All Media International,” Gallery International, Baltimore, MD

SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Sculptures,” Solo Exhibition, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa
“Drawing to Sculpture,” Drawing/Sculpture Exhibition, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center,

Frederick, Maryland
“A Sense of Identity,” Contemporary Ceramic Art, University of Indianapolis & NCECA 38
th, Indianapolis, Indiana

“A Sense of Identity,” Contemporary Ceramic Art, Indiana University-Purdue University, Visual Arts Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana
“That 70’s Show: The Age of Pluralism in Chicago,” Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, Indiana

2003 “State of Clay: Regional Survey of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2002 “Artists Educators: The Work of 12 Illinois Professors,” Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

2001 “Sculptures,” Solo Exhibition, Amalgama Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

Selected Bibliography

2013 “Cinder There Is: Surrealism and the Smoke Drawings of Dennis Lee Mitchell,”
H. Peter Steeves, Philosophy Department, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Baltimore Sun, “Review of Smoke Drawings by Dennis Lee Mitchell at C. Grimaldis Gallery,” Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore City Paper, “Review of Smoke Drawings by Dennis Lee Mitchell at C. Grimaldis Gallery”, Baltimore, Maryland

2012 Donald Kuspit Essay, “Dennis Lee Mitchell’s Smoke Drawings and Related Works” Victor M. Cassidy, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Catalog Essay, Ukrainian

Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
Northwest Passage, Review of Exhibition, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art,

Chicago, Illinois
2011 Paul Klein, “Dennis Lee Mitchell,” Paul Klein Art Letter

Victor M. Cassidy, “Dennis Lee Mitchell,” Chicago Art Magazine
2009 “Adventures of the Fire,” World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon-city, South Korea 2008 Margaret Hawkins, “Dennis Lee Mitchell Natural Fragments,” Ceramic Art and

Perception

Alan Artner, Dennis Lee Mitchell, Review, Solo Exhibition at Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2008

2006 John Natsoulis, “30 Ceramic Sculptors 2006,” John Natsoulis Press
2005 Bridgette R. McCullough, Review, Solo Exhibition at Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Time-Out

Chicago

Elaine Levin, “I Have Always Been Driven with Desire for the Straightforward Truth of the Natural World,” Ceramic Art and Perception

Glen R. Brown, Review of Solo Exhibition at Dubuque Museum of Art, American Ceramics, 14/4

2004 Glen R. Brown, “Dennis Lee Mitchell’s Microcosm of Transformation,” Solo Exhibition Catalogue, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

Tarkassis, Kostas, “Dennis Lee Mitchell,” Kerameiki Techni

Public Collections

Illinois State Art Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Valley State University Collection, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Arizona Deloitte & Touche Collection, Chicago, Illinois
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois
Illinois Collection for the State of Illinois Center, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Private Collections

Larry Bakin, Arlington, Virginia
Hyang-Lim Han, Director, Hanhyanglim Gallery, South Korea Paul Klein, Chicago, Illinois
William Lieberman, Chicago, Illinois
Kostas Tarkassis Collection, Greece
Hector Mavridis Collection, Greece

Grants and Awards

2015 Art Bank, D.C Commission on the Arts
2014 Art Bank, D.C. Commission on the Arts
2004 Illinois Arts Council, Special Assistance Grant
1977 National Endowment for the Arts, Crafts Critic Fellowship Grant 1975-6 National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsmen’s Fellowship Grant

Education

1971 Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 1969 Master of Arts in Ceramics, Fort Hays Kansas State University, Hays, Kansas 1968 Bachelor of Arts, Fort Hays Kansas State University, Hays, Kansas

Current Position

Professor of Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois (Emeritus)