Dana Freeman
Department Chair, Professor of Art and Gallery Director
(616) 632-2408
AMC 110


A native of California, Dana has lived in Michigan since 1993, when she accepted a position at Aquinas College. Dana studied as an undergraduate at Pomona College, focusing on abstract painting and assemblage sculpture. Her M.F.A. is from the University of California, Santa Barbara in photography, video and performance/installation. Dana's work is concept driven and usually involves non-traditional art media, such as eggshells, ants, bread, sand, and flowers. It takes the form of sculpture, video, photography and installations exploring ideas of waiting, obsession, the chaos of language and a child's experiences.



Artist’s Statement

My work is concept-driven, a response to my experiences and dreams. I select materials that have inherent meaning for an artwork, such as eggshells in exploring cycles of life, an ant farm in assessing one’s personal work ethic, sculpted bread as an expression of domestic art, peat moss as a metaphor for the preservation of Irish culture, glass to speak about space between the conscious and the unconscious and drawing on newspaper as a voice against war. The final work may take the form of sculpture, video, photography, or installation. By experimenting with materials I find fresh expression for my ideas, and hopefully, create a lasting impression for the viewer.  danafreeman.myportfolio.com​



  • M.F.A., University of California, 1992
  • B.A., Pomona College, 1981