Dean studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco before pursuing her MFA in the UK. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Scotland, England, and India. Her recent work references contemporary concerns such as humankind’s relationship to the natural environment and visually explores the mysterious and sublime qualities of the natural world. She is also an art and design instructor at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. (MFA/Kent Institute of Art and Design)