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Dean Mitchell

BIOGRAPHY
Dean L. Mitchell was born 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and reared in Quincy, Florida. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums, including egg temperas, oils and pastels.
Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International and Art News.
His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio and the Library of Congress.

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Education
BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio 1980
MFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio 1994

Professional Memberships
The American Watercolor Society
The National Watercolor Society
Allied Artists of America
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic
Southern Watercolor Society
Florida Watercolor Society
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors &
Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)
Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

Selected Museum Collections
Huntsville Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Margaret Harwell Art Museum
St. Louis Art Museum
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Mississippi Art Museum
Arkansas Art Center
Phoenix Art Museum
The Autry National Center
The Rockwell Museum
The Whitney Western Art Museum
American Jazz Museum

Selected Corporate Collections
Bristol-Meyers, Inc., Evansville, Indiana
Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas
Xerox Corporation, Columbus, Ohio
Crescent Cardboard Company, Chicago, Illinois
Sears, Chicago, Illinois
Forbes, Inc., New York, New York
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Selected Public Collections
U.S. Postal Service
Martin Luther King Center
Marriott Hotel

Videos/Documentaries
Dean Mitchell: “Power and Presence” (working)
PBS “The Living Canvas: Three Painters’ Views of Black Life in America”
Dean Mitchell at the Canton Museum of Art

Publications
Fine Art Connoisseur, Paintings That Represent the Backbone of Our Nation, 2018
Southwest Art Magazine, Haunting Beauty, 2018
Southwest Art Magazine, Show Preview: Dean Mitchell, 2017
The Art of Watercolor, 26thIssue, Extra measure of harmony with Dean Mitchell, 2017
Western Art & Architecture, A Record of Industry, 2017
Fine Art Connoisseur, Realer than Real,2015
Western Art Collector, Spiritual Spaces, 2015
Christian Science Monitor, Finding New Views of the Iconic American West, 2015
Western Art & Architecture, Ones to Watch, 2012
Western Art Collector, Painting from Intuition, 2011
American Art Collector, (Cover) Dean Mitchell, Personal histories, 2008
Jackson Free Press, Portrait Of A Black Man, 2006
Kansas City Star Sunday Magazine2002
New York Times: Art Review; A Black World of Ins and Outs, 2002
ARTnews,Best Bet,2001
Christian Science Monitor,How Dignity Colors a Canvas,1993
Being an Artist, by Lewis Lehrman 1992

Books:
Southern Passions, Paintings, and Poems, by Dennis Smith, Jr., M.D. and Dean Mitchell 2015
Against All Odds: Artist Dean Mitchell’s Story, by Betty R. James 2007
The Watercolors of Dean Mitchell, Beauty in the Real, by Dean Mitchell 2004
The Art of Dean Mitchell, The Early Years, by Dean Mitchell 1996

Grants
Charlotte Street FoundationVisual Arts Grant 2003
Solo Museum Exhibitions
2015
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Manhattan, KS “A Place, A Mental Space”
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2010
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH

2009
Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL “Heart and Soul”

2008
Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, Delray Beach, FL “Everything’s a Portrait”
Greater Denton Arts Council, Center for Visual Arts, Denton, TX “Imperfect Beauty”

2007
University of West Florida Art Gallery, Pensacola, FL

2005
Mississippi Art Museum, Jackson, MS

2004
American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO
Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL

Selected Invitational and Group Exhibits
2018
Watercolor International IV Biennal Exhibition, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mesa Art center Jazz it Up Exhibiton, Mesa, AZ
International Juried & Judged Exhibition, Quingdao Laotian Museum China
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Buffalo Bill Center of West, Rendezvous Royale, Cody, WY

2017
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Buffalo Bill Center of West, Rendezvous Royale, Cody, WY

2016
OutiwinBoochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Buffalo Bill Center of West, Rendezvous Royale, Cody, WY

2015
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitation, Denver, CO
American Masters Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Prix De West, Oklahoma City, OK
Buffalo Bill Center of West, Rendezvous Royale, Cody, WY

2014
Phoenix Art Museum West Select, Phoenix, AZ
Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2013
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2012
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2011
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL
2010
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2009
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2008
Florida State University Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL “The Story”
Booth Western Art Museum, Carterville, GA “The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO
Prix de West Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2007
First Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters, Nanjing Library Exhibition Hall, Nanjing, China
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Coors Western Invitational, Denver, CO

2006
Salon d’Arts, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

2005
Master’s of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO “Radiant Souls”
Southern Journey Mid-America Arts Alliance

2002
Studio Museum of Harlem “Black Romantic”

1999
American Art at the Brink of the 21st Century Exhibition “Outward Bound”

Awards/Honors/Exhibitions
2019
California Watercolor Association’s 49thNational Exhibition “Gold Award”

2018
American Watercolor Society “Ralph Smith Memorial Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 41stAnnual Exhibition “Best of Show”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America “Maurice Pendergast Award”
Allied Artist of America “Dale Meyers Cooper Award and Medal for Watercolor”
Florida Watercolor Society “The Susan Lattner Gold Award”
Master’s of the American West “Watercolor Award”
Watercolor Art Society of Houston 41stInternational Watermedia Exhibition “3rdPlace”
San Diego Watercolor Society 38thInternational Exhibition “Mijello Award”
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. “Best in Show”
National Watercolor Society 98 International Exhibition “Watercolor West Cash Award”
9thAnnual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition “3rdPlace”
NOAPS National Exhibition “Best Use of Values”

2017
American Watercolor Society “Di Di Deglin Award”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 42ndAnnual Exhibition “Winslow Homer Award”
Florida Watercolor Society “The Susan Lattner Gold Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 40thAnnual Exhibition
Master’s of the American West “Watercolor Award”

2016
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 41stAnnual Exhibition “Skyledge Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 39thAnnual Exhibition “Gold Award”
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition “Best in Show”
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition “1stPlace”
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors “The Morrison Family Award”
Flroida Watercolor Society 45thAnnual Exhibition “Margaret Cornish Debarba Award”
San Diego Watercolor Society 36thInternational Exhibition “Second Place”
National Watercolor Society 96thInternational Exhibition “Master’s Award”
Shenzhen International Watercolor Small Image Exchange Exhibition “Chian Baiqi Award”

2015
American Watercolor Society “Gold Medal”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America “Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Watercolor Award”
Prix de West National Cowboy Museum “Robert Loughead Memorial Award” “Donald Teague Memorial Award”
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors “Judge’s Choice Award”
Florida Watercolor Society 44thAnnual Exhibition “The Societies Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 38thAnnual Exhibition “Bronze Award”
Alaska Watercolor Society “Best in Show”
Mississippi Watercolor Society 30thGrand National Exhibition “Bancorp South Award”

2014
1st Place, Pima-Maricopa Series, Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition
Purchase Prize Award for Museum permanent collection, Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY
Featured Artist – 24th Annual Gala, Huntsville Museum, AL
1st Qingdao International Watercolor Salon Exhibition, Invitational, Qingdai Modern Art Museum, P. R. of China
Patrons Award Mississippi Watercolor Society, Grand National Exhibition
The National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic Award
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition “Best in Show”
Southern Watercolor Society 37thAnnual Exhibition “Silver Award”
Buffalo Bill Art Show Buffalo Bill Center of the West “Premier Platinum Award” “William E. Weiss Purchase Award”
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Growers Society of Washington, DC “Second Place in Watermedia”
Watercolor Missouri International “George Latta Award”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 26thTri-state Watermedia Exhibition “Gold Award”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 38thAnnual Exhibition “TWSA Members Award”

2013
Florida Watercolor Society 42nd Annual Exhibition “The Winslow Homer Award”
Best in Show, 4th Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center, CA
Kentucky Watercolor Society 36th Annual National Exhibition “First Prize”
American Artist Professional League 85th Grand National Exhibition “Winsor & Newton Award”
American Watercolor Society 146th Annual Exhibition “Walser Greathouse Medal”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 25th Tri-State Juried Exhibition “Silver Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 36th Annual Juried Exhibition “Best in Show”, Gadsden Art Center, FL
Pikes Peak Watercolor Society International Watermedia 2013 “Legacy Best in Show Gold Award”, Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.
Mississippi Watercolor Society 28th Grand National Exhibition “Second Place”
Keystone National 2013 Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper “Rose and Don Klaiber Memorial Award”
Watercolor Missouri International 2013 “Award of Excellence”
Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd National Exhibition “Board of Directors Award”
National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic 59th Annual Juried Exhibition “Jody and Elias Newman Memorial Award”
37th National Exhibition – Transparent Watercolor Society of America “John C. Dioszegi Memorial Award”
Miniature Art Society of Florida 38th International Exhibition “3rd Transparent Watercolor”
The 80th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. “First Place Watermedia”
Kansas Watercolor Society Best in Show “Nestor Weigand Jr. Patron Purchase Award”
West Select – Phoenix Art Museum Invitational “Silver Award” Works on Paper
Masters of the American West Autry National Center “Award for Watercolor”
2012
Southern Living Magazine, studio photo shoot for a feature article in 2012 Summer issue.
True West Extra magazine, March 2012, page 69.
Award for Watercolor, 15th Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Project using his New Orleans paintings as a virtual reality to culture window and history of the French Quarter through 3D design, University of Berkeley
Margery Soroka Memorial Award, American Watercolor Society 145th Annual Exhibition, New York 2012
Miniature Art Society of Florida 37thAnnual International Exhibition “Judge’s Second Choice”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 2012 Brush Strokes Exhibition “Award of Excellence”
Watercolor Society of Alabama 71stNational Exhibition “Patron’s Fine Art Award”
Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous USA 2012 “KWS Award” 2ndplace
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 36thAnnual Exhibition “Donors Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 35thAnnual Exhibition “Donors Award”
Adirondacks 2012 National Exhibition of American Watercolors “The W.B. Romeling Memorial Award”
National Watercolor Society 92ndAnnual Exhibition “Past President Award”
41stAnnual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition “Guy Beattie Award”
Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition “Award of Excellence”
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 112thAnniversary International Exhibition “Bellows Memorial Award”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 24thTri-state “Silver Award”
West Select “Gold Award for Best Work on Paper”, “Museum Purchase”, “Best in Show”
Kansas Watercolor Society “Cash Award” and “Patrons Purchase Award”
Miniature Art Society of Washington D.C. “First in Watercolor”

2011
Collector’s Choice Award, American Art Invitational Small Gems Show, Denver, CO
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 35thNational Exhibition “Members Award”
Florida Watercolor Society 40thAnniversary Exhibition “Winslow Homer Award”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 23rdTri-State Exhibition “Award of Excellence”
Adirondacks 30thNational Exhibition of America Watercolors “Forest Runes Award”
Southern Watercolor Society 34thAnnual Exhibition “Watercolor Society of Georgia Award”
Keystone National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper “Best of Show”
111thAnniversary International Exhibition Works on Paper “Delphine Poussot Award for Best Rendering of Light”
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition “Best in Show”
West Select “Silver Award for Work on Paper”
Master’s of American West “Autry National Center Award for Watercolor”
National Watercolor Society 91stAnnual Exhibition “Alice Leonard Memorial Award”
2010
Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition “3rd Place”
Paint America 2009 “Grand Purchase Award Miniature Category”
Southern Watercolor Society 33rd Annual Exhibition “Bronze Award”
American Watercolor Society 143rd Annual Exhibition NY, NY “Silver Medal”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 21st Tri-State Exhibition “Gold Award”
The 29th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, “The Beechmont First & Gold Medallion”
Florida Watercolor Society Non-members Show, “First Place”
The American Artist Professional League 82nd Grand National Exhibition, “Winsor Newton Award”
National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibition, “The Past Presidents Award”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 34th Annual National Exhibition, “John Dioszegi Memorial Award”
Salmagundi 33rd Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-members
“Dale Meyer’s Medal Award for Watercolor”
Florida Watercolor Society 39th Annual Exhibition, “Guy Beattie Award”
Keystone National 2010 Exhibition of Works on Paper, “1st Place”
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010, Nestor Weigand JR. Purchase Award”

2009
Southern Watercolor Society 32nd Annual “Best in Show”
Tallahassee Watercolor Society 21st Tri-State Exhibition “Best in Show”
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 33rd National Exhibition “John Singer Sargent Award”
Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Non-Members Exhibition “Forbes Magazine Award”
Florida Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition “Guy Beattie Award”
California Watercolor Association 40th National Exhibition “CWA Signature Members Award III”
Watercolor West 41st Annual Exhibition “M Graham Company Award”
Miniature Painters, Sculptors/Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. 76th Annual International Exhibition
“Second Place Portraiture”
Allied Artists of America 96th Annual Exhibition “Dale Meyers Cooper Medal for Watercolor”
Keystone National 2009 Juried Works on Paper Exhibition “Phantom Canyon Ranch and Col Arts Americas Award”
American Artist Professional League 81st Grand National Exhibition NY, NY “Alma M Preede Memorial Award”
Miniature Art Society of Florida 35th Annual International Exhibition “Second Place”
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 109th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper
“Newman Galleries Award for Excellence”
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition “Charles & Ruth Sanderson Memorial Award”
Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous USA 2009 “Preston Art Center/St. Cutherts Mill/Silver Brush Limited Award”
2008
Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition “Award of Excellence”
Seaside Art Gallery 17th International Miniature Art Show – Nags Head, N.C. “First Place”
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 27th Annual “Sallie and Gannon Kashiwa Award”
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. 75th International Fine Arts Miniature
“Third Place” – Watermedia
Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Non Members Exhibition NY, NY “Thomas Moran Memorial Award”
American Artist Professional League 80th Grand National Exhibition “Frank C Wright Medal of Honor” Watermedia

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