Dana Dart-McLean

I am an artist, art therapist (MFTi), and art teacher interested in

what paintings tell us
about mapping
what is seen.

I care for the quantum leap--do you? Let's talk.

I grew up in Salem, Oregon (with Alaskan and Dutch interludes) and now live in Oakland, CA. I studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Peace Psychology combined with Orissi classical Indian Dance at Evergreen in Olympia, WA.

My MA in Counseling (with a focus on Expressive Art Therapy) is from CIIS. I offer art therapy in an Oakland public high school, in private consultation, and through Professional Development trainings. I engage with art (making, showing, teaching) in museums, community centers, schools, public libraries, and an apothecary.


California Institute of Integral Studies | MA 2015
The Evergreen State College | BA 2004
Pratt Institute| 1999-2002


2017 Isamu Noguchi Remembers Frida Kahlo, D.R.I.A. Paradise, Oakland, CA
2012 Premises for Pointing Works, Kala Gallery, Astoria, OR
2007 Stop Signs and Memories, Small A Projects, Portland, OR
Take the Look Forget the Rest, Southern Oregon University SU Gallery, Ashland, OR
2006 Decorator's proposal for interior of LOBBY, Small A Projects, Portland, OR
2005 Magic, The Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA


2016 The Shadow is Offended (Dana Dart-McLean and Johanna Jackson) at Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA), Portland, OR.
2015 What It Means to Learn, (Johanna Jackson and Dana Dart-McLean) Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
2013, Sun/Light, PMOMA, Portland, OR
Apples & Orangements, Breathing Works (Christopher Garrett and Dana Dart-McLean), Mondo Cane, New York, NY
2012 Where My Cones At?, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Double Break, San Diego, CA
Guts, Curated by Brad Adkins, Ditch Projects, Springfield, OR
2011 Occupation/Preoccupation:Songs in Wartime, Evidence of Bricks, TBA Festival,
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR Curated by Kristan Kennedy
2010 This is the Book I have Written for You, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Power of Selection, part 2, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, Il
Paper Awesome, Baer Ridgeway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Vaguely Paperly, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL Curated by Chris Johanson
Warren Oates in the Economic Crisis of 2009, OK Mountain, Austin, TX
2008 Impossible Instruments/Future Flags, Fouteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
Autumn Sweater, Fontanelle Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 It’s Kind of Endless, Quality Pictures, Portland, OR
2006 Abstract Things, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK, Curated by Harrell Fletcher
Where I Lived and What I Lived For, Domaine de Kerguéhennec Centre d’Art, Bignan, France, Curated by Harrell Fletcher
Solo Show, Solo Soul, Galleri Nicolai Wallner Copenhagen, Denmark, Curated by Chris
And Then You Were Born, Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR
2005 With Our Own Little Hands, Wrong Gallery, New York NY, Curated by Harrell Fletcher
Sisters, Fresh Up Club, Austin TX
Sympathetic Magic, Planaria Gallery, New York NY
2004 A Moment of Doubt, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York NY
This Container Isn't Big Enough, Harrell Fletcher's project for the Whitney Biennial, Whitney
Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY

2011 "Some Work", Plazm Magazine, June 2011
Earle, David P.,Open Day Book, Mark Batty Publisher, New York, NY, 2010
Catalogue of Variable Essence, Ashby Collinson and Dana Dart-McLean (artist's book),
Publication Studio, Portland, OR, 2010
Motley, John. "Dana Dart-McLean, Stop Signs and Memories," Portland Mercury, 27 September 2007.


2012 Regional Arts Council Artistic Focus Project Grant, Portland, OR


Signal Fire Arts Love Triangle Opal Creek Backpacking Residency 2011

Dia Beacon 2012, Teaching Artist
Portland Art Museum 2009-2011, Drawing Workshop for Teens, co-teaching with Carson Ellis.

Guest Lecturer: 2010 Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon,
2006 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington.