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Brent Dedas

Title: Associate Professor / Studio Art
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-2362
Office: McMaster 328
Brent Dedas

Brent Dedas is an Associate Professor of Art at University of South Carolina. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree along with a Museum Studies Curatorial Certificate from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, University of Cincinnati. His Bachelor of Fine Arts is from the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville.  

Dedas maintains an extensive exhibition record both in the U.S. and internationally. His work was included in the Art/NaturSci Pavilion: Equilibrium exhibition at the 2019 Venice Biennale within Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in partnership with the German-Italian Cultural Association (ACIT). In 2018 his work was exhibited at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin Germany. Other international exhibitions include: Art Prague International Art Fair, Solo Project Room, Kafka’s House, Prague, Czech Republic (2014), Solo Exhibition, Galerie ERA svět, Prague, Czech Republic (2014). Personally Political International Juried Exhibition, at Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, Ardgillan Exhibition in Dublin (2004), and in the Belfast Festival at Queens (2004). 

His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums across the United States which include: Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, Southern Alleghenies Museum, Loretto, PA, Carnation Gallery, Portland, OR, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, VA, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN, Mazur Museum, Monroe, LA, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Dedas is the recipient of the Great Meadows Foundation Artists Professional Development Grant (2018). He is a semifinalist in The Print Center 92nd Annual International Competition (2018). Also in 2018 his work was included in the Omni Louisville Hotel’s permanent collection and display. 

Curators who have selected Brent’s work for exhibition include: Dan Cameron (Independent Curator, Prospect New Orleans founder & most recently Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum), Eleanor Heartney (contributing Editor to Art in America and Artnews), Kimberli Gant, PhD, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Kristen Hileman, Independent Curator & Curator-in-Residence, The Delaware Contemporary, Miranda Lash, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Gabriel Ritter, PhD, Curator & Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mike Barclay (Director of Exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)), David Houston, (Executive Director of the Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA), Mark Scala (Chief Curator of the Frist Museum, Nashville, TN), Gia Hamilton (Joan Mitchell Center Director, New Orleans, LA), Julia Dolan (Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum), Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum, NYC), MP Warming (Director of Art Science Exhibits, Berlin), Dr. Paul Richelson (Chief Curator at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL), Barbara Fragogna (Gallery Director and Curator, Berlin).

Research Focus

Dedas’ research explores the connection between science and art. His artistic themes address environmental conditions, rituals of human experience and constant cycles of creation & destruction. 

Courses with Brent

ARTS 266 Illustration Materials
ARTS 466 Advanced Illustration II 
ARTS 430 Advanced Drawing I 
ARTS 431 Advanced Drawing II 
ARTS 530 Drawing Capstone I 
ARTS 531 Drawing Capstone I 
ARTS 730/830 Graduate Level Drawing 

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