My work has always dealt with language. Influenced heavily by the poets of the Beat Generation, as well as subsequent linguistic scholars such as Noam Chomsky and Marshall Mcluhan, I try to create a formal reality that speaks to the essence of communication. It is my contention that “art” happens in the space between the object and the viewer. It is from this perspective that I try to create sculpture that is a manifestation of the space between language, and how we perceive a message. Of course we understand from Mcluhan that the method of delivery is as important as the message that is delivered, and it is this concept that directs my many creative decisions, such as material, compositional considerations, etc. However, my creative impetus is more closely akin to the raw and visceral perspective of writers like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Hurbert Hunke, or of course Allen Ginsberg. This generation used its linguistic skill, with a drive to touch the heart of what was real to them, and created a new lexicon, a perspective of slang, that energizes my creative process.

EDUCATION

1996 M.F.A., Sculpture; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

1993-4 Graduate study, Sculpture; Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.

1992 B.A., Art; Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

EXPERIENCE

2005-Present Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Texas at Tyler. Tyler, Texas. 75799.

2000-2005 Assistant Professor, Art Department, Missouri Southern State College,

Joplin, MO. 64801

1998-2000 Assistant Professor , Art Department, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA. 50140

1996-1998 Sculpture Studio Technician, University of Iowa.

1994-1996 Teaching Assistant, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

Commissions and Collections:

Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

Cowan center for the Arts, University of Texas, Tyler.

Muntz Library, University of Texas, Tyler.

King Au, Des Moines, IA.

Jay Schmidt, Logan, UT.

James Luna, La Jolla, CA.

David Dunlap, Iowa City, IA.

Dr. Rick Lazlo, Springfield, MO.

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Shaw. Lincoln, NE.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bray, Joplin, MO.

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Gilbreth, Joplin, MO.

Dr. and Mrs. E. Macarthur Hornacker, Arkadelphia, AR.

Mr. and Mrs. David Murano, Wichita, KS.

Mr. and Mrs. Rien Vanderhill

Published Art, Statements, and Reviews:

Dayton City Paper. March 2, 2005. “A&C Visuals, Divergent Streams”.

Sculpture Magazine. September, 1996. “Top Twenty-five International Student Sculptors”.

Tractor. Summer, 1999. “A Full House, Iowa Artists 1998,” p.39-40 review by Lesley Wright, Ph.D.

Pilot Tribune. Storm Lake, IA. January 7, 1998. P. E-8 (press release for solo exhibition)

Storm Lake Times. Storm Lake, IA. January 14, 1998. (Review of solo exhibition written by Dolores Cullen).

Sioux City Journal. Sioux City, IA. November 9, 1992. (Review of Annual Juried Exhibition)

Awards and Honors:

International Sculpture Center, Award for Outstanding Student Achievement. Top 25 International Student Sculptors.

Deans List, four semesters, Montana State University.

Clayton Staples Art Scholarship, Wichita State University.

Buena Vista University Art Scholarship, Buena Vista University.

Deans List, three semesters, Buena Vista University.

Student of the Year, School of Art, Buena Vista University.

Runner up, MacFarland Award for Research Writing. Buena Vista University.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2009 “Glyph, New Works by Dewane Hughes” ACA, Lafayette, LA.

2007 “Divining God’s Pocket Watch”. NIACC, Mason City, IA.

2005 “Woodworks”. Wright State University Art Gallery, Dayton, OH.

“Steel Works”. TePaske Gallery, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.

2004 “Sculpture by Dewane Hughes”. Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

“Summer in Sweden Exhibit”. Spiva Art Gallery, MSSU. Joplin MO.

2003 “ Visiting Artist Series” . Olive DeLuce Gallery, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.

2002 “Contemporary Sculpture by Dewane Hughes”. Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO.

“Vision Series”. Campus Gallery, Cottey College, Nevada, MO.

2002 “New Faculty Exhibit”. Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, MO.

2001 “Sculptures by Dewane Hughes”. CSPS/Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA.

2001 “Vision Series”. Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.

“Sculpture of Dewane Hughes”. Cox Gallery, Drury University, Springfield, MO.

1999 “Machines”. Northwestern College Art Gallery, Orange City, IA.

1998 “Installation”. Studiolo Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions (continued)

1998 “Sculpture by Dewane Hughes”. Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA.

1997 “New Installation”. Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS.

“Four New Works”. Dixon-Eilers Gallery, Storm Lake, IA.

1996 “Thesis Exhibition”. Haynes Gallery, Bozeman, MT.

1995 “New Works by Dewane Hughes”. Exit Gallery, Bozeman, MT.

1994 “Sculpture of Dewane Hughes”. Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita, KS.

1993 Community Gallery, Fort Dodge, IA. “Works From the Farm”.

1992 Dixon-Eilers Gallery, Storm Lake, IA. “Senior Thesis Exhibition”.

Selected Group Exhibitions * Denotes Award

2008 “Studio Faculty Exhibition” Meadows Gallery, Cowan Center, UT Tyler.

“Southern Open 2” Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA.

“Alumni Exhibition” Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA

“Dewane Hughes and Justin Shaw” Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE.

2007 “Southern Open.” Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette LA.

Juror: Dr. Jerry Cullum, Senior Editor, Art Papers Journal.

“Texas Sculptors Network Group Exhibition”, San Marcos, TX.

2005 “Faculty Exhibition”. Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX.

“Annual Conference Network Exhibition” Texas Sculptors Network, Junction, TX.

2003 “Romance to Romanticism”. Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO.

“Keyes Gallery 5th Anniversary” Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO.

2002 “New Works by Dewane Hughes and Ron Kovatch”. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO.

Selected Group Exhibitions:(continued)

58th Juried Exhibition. Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.

Juror: Peter Sharp, Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art.

2002 Fred Wells 25 National Juried Exhibition. Elder Gallery

2001 Contemporary International (Best of Show)*. Period Gallery, Omaha, NE.

51st Annual Quad-State Exhibition. Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL. Louis Zona, Judge.

Alumni Show. Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

2000 “Midwest Biennial Art Exhibit”. Blanden Memorial Museum of Art, Fort Dodge, IA. Juror: Louise Kames, BVM

1999 “Graceland College Faculty Exhibit” Shaw Center Art Gallery, Lamoni, IA.

“Iowa Artists 1999". Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.

Juror: Janet Kardon, Independent Curator; Former Director of American Craft Museum, New York; Former Director of Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Catalogue Published.

1999 “Wood”. Carlsten Art Gallery, Stevens Point, WS.

Catalogue Published.

1998 “Graceland College Faculty Exhibit”. Shaw Center Art Gallery, Lamoni, IA.

“Iowa Artists”. Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.

Juror: Deborah Leveton, Curator, Des Moines Art Center. Catalogue published.

1997 “Annual Light Show”. Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Madison, WS.

1996 “Artists Drawing”. Beall Park Art Center, Bozeman, MT.

1995 “Pluralist Monism”. Exit Gallery, Bozeman, MT.

“Annual Light Show”. Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Alfred, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions (continued)

1994 “Topeka Competition 18”. (first place sculpture)* Topeka Gallery of Fine Arts, Topeka, KS. Juror: Beverly Penn, Artist, Nancy Margolis

Gallery, New York. Catalogue published.

1994 Heritage Invitational”.(second place sculpture)* Heritage Gallery, Des

Moines

“Graduate Exhibit”. Haynes Gallery, Bozeman, MT.

“Annual Light Show”. Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Alfred, NY.

1993 “Gathering of Diverse Identities”. Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita, KS.

“Heritage Invitational”. (second place sculpture)* Heritage Gallery,

Des Moines, IA.

“52nd Annual Juried Competition”. Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.

“Annual Prairie Art Competition”. (best in show)* Sterling Art Center, Sterling, KS.

“Annual Juried Competition”. (first place sculpture)* Topeka Art Center, Topeka, KS.

1992 “Hershey Kiss Invitational”. (first place sculpture)* N.W.C.C.,

Mason City, IA.

“51st Annual Juried Competition”. Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.

Juror: Peter Morrin, Director of the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY. Catalogue published.

“Iowa Exhibited”. Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA.

1992 “Annual Iowa College Salon”. Brunier Gallery, Ames, IA.

“Annual Juried Exhibition”. Mauker Union Gallery, Cedar Falls, IA.

“Witter Gallery Holiday Biennial”. Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA.

“Midwest Sculpture Exhibit”. South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN. Juror: Richard Hunt, Sculptor, Chicago, IL. Catalogue published.

1991 “Iowa Exhibited” Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA. . Judge, Byron Burford, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa.

“Buena Vista University Student Show”. Dixon-Eilers Gallery, Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA.