I became interested in the human form while studying kinesiology in college. I changed my major to art the last year of my schooling and finished with a BFA in sculpture and drawing from Western Illinois University. After graduation I started a design/build company and was focused on building the business and raising my kids. In 2010, I returned to painting and sculpting, eventually partnering with two friends in order to start a studio that linked our artistic spirits as well as creating an outlet where we could share that creativity. That endeavor eventually became “Bereskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio” where I am currently showing work. Starting in March, 2017, I am being represented by Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago, IL.
Upon returning to art, and given the type of projects that my company does, I found that I prefer to work on a monumental scale. My smaller sculptures and drawings are usually studies for larger pieces that range from 7’ to 21’ tall. Additionally, I have been in the top 25 at ARTPRIZE the last two years out of 1500 artists from all over the world.
I am an artist that focuses on the beauty I find within our species. I have always been motivated by the human figure and the intricacies associated with it. There is a shared experience between the artist and the viewer that better allows me to convey thoughts, feelings and emotions than with any other subject matter. Additionally, I try to use scale and the juxtaposition of disparate elements, in order to engage and challenge the viewer. Elements such as strength and weakness or beauty and damage can be experienced simultaneously within the same piece of work to create a tense energy. I also mix the technical skill of tight rendering with the dynamism of abstraction. It is this energy that I am looking to use to bring additional excitement and intrigue to my work.
Dean Kugler (b. 1970 – )
3322 Tremont Ave.
Davenport, IA 52803
1993 – AA from Blackhawk College.
1995 – BFA from Western Illinois University.
1995 – “Drawing: Skills, Means, Freedom”. Jan Clough / Ann Mullin. pub. 1995.
1993 – “Images” College publication featuring multiple pieces.
1992 – “Images” College publication featuring multiple pieces.
22 June 2016 – Dispatch Argus and QCOnline.com. Coverage of my one-man show titled “Animal Farm.”
22 Sept 2015 – Quad City Times. “Body of work”. Article by David Burke about one-man art show at Black Hawk College.
30 October 2014 – WVIK radio and online. Coverage of the ribbon cutting for “Gravity” installation at the Rivercenter in Davenport, IA.
28 Sept 2014 – TV interivew on WZZM13 in Grand Rapids covering ARTPRIZE and my sculpture, Gravity at the Gerald Ford Museum.
24 Sept 2014 – Fox17online.com. Interview about my experience at ARTPRIZE 2014.
Sept 2014 – Grand Rapids Press. Interview about “Gravity”.
15 July 2014 – Dispatch Argus and QCOnline.com. Covering “Gravity” being sculpted in the courtyard of the Figge Museum.
10 July 2014 – Quad City Times Arts and Theatre section. Two-man exhibition article.
9 July 2014 – Dispatch Argus Life section. Two-man exhibition article.
29 June 2014 – Dispatch Argus QC Living section. Article about “Gravity” and Artprize.
15 March 2014 – Quad City Times Weekend section. Article about Photographer, Kim Aust, and me.
May 2013 – Quad City Times. Feature image for article on “One State Together in the Arts” convention at the I-Wireless center.
2013 – River Cities Reader for the 3-d award at the Rock Island Fine Art Show.
2012 – River Cities Reader for the 2-d award at the Rock Island Fine Art Show.
Sep 2016 – “64 Arts National Juried Exhibition.” Sculpture grand prize (Desecration…). First place painting (No Quarter: Carl). Monmouth, IL. Buchanan Center for the Arts.
Aug 2016 – “Real People 2016.” Juried show. Third place (Bound). Woodstock, IL.
Jun 2016 – “Animal Farm.” One-man show. Bereskin Art Gallery. Davenport, IA.
Oct 2015 – “Let’s Dance”. Group show. Moline International Airport. Moline, IL.
Oct 2015 – “Experiencing art”. One-man show. Bereskin Art Gallery. Davenport, IA.
Sept 2015 – Artprize. “Desecration of Adam”. Gerald Ford Museum. Grand Rapids, IL. Top 25 out of over 1500 international artists.
Aug 2015 – “It figures”. One-man show. Black Hawk College. Moline, IL.
July 2015 – “Art to Heart”. Bucktown Center for the Arts. Genesis Heart Center. Davenport, IA.
Sept-Oct 2014 – Artprize. “Gravity”. Gerald Ford Museum. Grand Rapids, MI. Top 25 out of over 1500 international artists.
11 July 2014 – Two-man show. Quad City Arts. Rock Island, IL.
21 February 2014 – Spine-taneous. Redstone building. Davenport, IA. “Contortion in Red, Yellow and Blue”.
Sept-Oct 2013 – Artprize. Grand Rapids Museum of Art. Grand Rapids, MI. “Blind Grace” large version.
May 2013 – One State Arts Convention. I Wireless Coliseum. “Blind Grace” large version.
Feb 2013 – Rock Island Fine Art Show. “Blind Control”. $500 3-D Award.
Feb 2012 – Rock Island Fine Art Show. “Marking time”. $500 2-D Award. http://www.augustana.edu/x2788.xml
2012 – Art on the River (juried). Dubuque, IA . “Powerless”. $1500 stipend. http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?NID=1652
October 2015 – “An evening with artists”. Davenport Creative Arts Academy fundraiser. Figge Art Museum. Davenport, IA.
September 2015 – “Artslam”. Dubuque, IA. People’s choice winner.
October 2014 – “An evening with artists”. Davenport Creative Arts Academy fundraiser. Figge Art Museum. Davenport, IA.
Grants / Awards
May 2015 – $7500 Project grant. “The Desecration of Adam”. River Boat Development Authority.
April 2015 – $1500 Artist grant. “The Desecration of Adam”. Quad City Arts.
March 2015 – $5000 Individual project grant for 4th quarter. “The Desecration of Adam”. Iowa Arts Council and NEA.
2014 – $2000 Artist’s project award. “Gravity”. Downtown Davenport Partnership
March 2016 – Visiting artist. NMSU 3d design. Maryville, MO.
Oct 2015 – Demonstration and discussion. Creative Arts Academy. Davenport, IA.
May 2015 – All day discussion concerning “Desecration of Adam”. Bettendorf High School. Bettendorf, IA.
2013 – Taught life drawing. Mrs. B’s school of Art.
2013 – Taught sculpture. Mrs. B’s school of Art.
I have multiple pieces in private collections around the US and two pieces in Mexico City and Bratislava.
2014 – Gravity. 21’ tall sculpture. Grand atrium at the Rivercenter Convention Center in Davenport, IA.
Galleries / Museum
Bereskin Art Gallery and Studio – 225 E. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52801. 2013 to current.
Gallery Victor Armendariz – 300 West Superior. Chicago, IL 60654. 2017 to current.