Dana Newmann was born in Prairie City, Illinois – in the American heartland. She attended California College of Arts and Crafts (California School of Fine Arts) and studied Drawing with Richard Diebenkorn. A graduate of Mills College, she earned her BFA while studying Painting with Italian artist, Afro.
Dana has often made work that rescues and re-formalizes the fragile remains of the American record. Her interest in the History of Art has led, among other work, to a page by page reworking of “Un Semaine de Bonté”, Max Ernst’s surrealist novel, and to the construction of numerous Curiosity Cabinets. In other works she creates memory maps of her travels to such places as Mexico, Uzbekistan, North Africa, Japan and, most recently, France. In Newmann’s work the materials themselves dictate the individual compositions; in recent years she has made use of distressed papers, snapshots, ivory piano keys, thorns and found shopping lists.
Her work is in the permanent collections of The New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation, and in El Archivero, Mexico City, as well as in private collections throughout the United States. Both Dana and Gene have work in the current show at the NM Museum of Art: November 7, 2014 through March 29, 2015 “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum’s Collection”.