Dan was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 5, 1964. He graduated from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1982. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Arts Degree in Studio Art from Purdue University. Dan published more than 750 articles on art and exhibited his paintings in more than 40 exhibitions, most recently Divergent Explorations at the Gallery W. He is currently represented by The Bonfoey Gallery. His writing appeared in national and international publications, including Art in America, NY Arts, artUS, BOMB, Glass Magazine, and Art on Paper. He was awarded an Ohio Excellence in Journalism award in 2004 and received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in 2002 and 2007. His book, Acrylic Fusion, was published in 2012.

Check out a list of Dan's favorite books HERE!


  • MA 1991 Studio Art Purdue University, West Lafayette

  • BFA 1988 Studio Art Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

  • 1994 Art History University of Illinois, Chicago (graduate program)

    Areas of concentration: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, Criticism and Theory

Professional Experience:


  • 08/2009 – April 2017
    Full time Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art, Liberal Arts Environment, Foundations Environment and Visual Arts and Technology Environment – Courses: Visual Literacy, Professional Writing, English Composition, Color Theory, and BFA Thesis.


  • 2000 – October 2014
    Freelance Critic for numerous national and international publications including Art in America, BOMB, NY Arts, Glass Quarterly, Art US, and Art on Paper.


  • 1999 – 2009 Contributing Art Critic, The Plain Dealer.

  • 2000 – 2009 Adjunct Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art, Visual Arts and Technology Environment – Courses: Advanced Painting Seminar, Criticism as Studio Practice, Professional Practices, Style as Substance.

  • 05/2008 – 10/2008 Arts Consultant, Fairmount Properties, East Bank Flats Project.

  • 08/2007 – 05/2008 Adjunct Instructor, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, Art Department – Visual Design I and II (Color Theory), Drawing I and II.

  • 09/2006 - 06/2007 Non-resident Instructor, Maine College of Art (MECA), Portland, Maine, MFA Program.

  • 01/2003 - 01/2006 Co-founder, Development Director (fundraising, grant writing, event coordinating), Visual Arts Editor, Webmaster, Angle: A Journal of Arts and Culture.

  • 1999 – 2002 Northeast Ohio Editor, Dialogue: Voicing the Arts. 2

  • 1997 – 2002 Contributing Art Critic, Cleveland Free Times.

  • 1999 – 2000 Contributing Writer, CitySearch.com.

  • 1998 – 1999 Contributing Art Critic, Dialogue: Voicing the Arts.


  • 2007 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Criticism

  • 2004 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award, Criticism

  • 2003 Artist in Residence, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio
    Critic in Residence, Budapest, Hungary, Sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council


  • 2002 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, Criticism

  • 1992 Illinois Arts Council Grant through the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP)

  • 1989-1991 Purdue University, Full Scholarship, Teaching Assistantship

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