Deanna Dee McLaughlin


Recent Works

Artist's Biography

Deanna began exhibiting her work in 1985. An east coast transplant from the Midwest, Deanna has a BS in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and an MA and MAT from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has the highest level of certification from the National Yoga Alliance for whom she is also a continuing education provider. Deanna worked several years as an art therapist in state mental hospitals and for over two decades as a public school art educator

She has won numerous awards and has been granted many opportunities both nationally and internationally, including her acceptance as one of five Americans to participate in the First Artist Exchange with the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia. An insatiable thirst to learn new skills while working with a variety of media sustains her never-ending inspiration to create. Studying people of other places and cultures has greatly influenced her approach to looking at life with an ever-fresh perspective.

Artist's Statement

The shopping cart is the most iconic image of our consumer-based culture. The “Cartrageous” furniture series originally intended to visually challenge the viewer to question and assess individual ideas about consumerism, power, and privilege. After the first pieces were shown, friends and strangers began bringing me abandoned carts. I’ve enjoyed the design challenge of taking one object and continually asking what else it could be. Repurposed materials are frequently used to add to the FUNctionality of each piece. Audiences are encouraged to interact with and sit in each work.

Selected Exhibitions*

2019
Private School

Goggleworks Center for the Arts 13th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Reading, PA

InLiquid Benefit, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Making Materials Matter, Nextfab, Philadelphia, PA
Sustainability exhibition

Goggleworks Center for the Arts 12th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Reading, PA

2017
Member Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Art Unleashed Alumni, Faculty & Student Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Art Unleashed Alumni, Faculty & Student Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2015
POPE-UP Show, Philadelphia Sculptor Group Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

Figure Portraits, Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY

Philadelphia Home Show, Habitat For Humanity, Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Destination Frankford, Philadelphia Sculptor Group, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Home Show, Habitat For Humanity, “Janus” Rocker converted from Door, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Anatomy of a Chair, Hamilton Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

Pinned, Philadelphia Sculptors Group, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Langhorne Coffee House, Langhorne, PA

The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

2011
Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Old City Window Design, Philadelphia, PA

Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Art of The Garden, Haverford, PA

Art Educators Exhibition, Lansdale, Pa

Arts Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Alumni Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Altered Book Sculpture Exhibition, Philadelphia Sculptors Group, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

Fine Arts Staff Exhibition, Langhorne, PA

Old City Business Window Design, Design Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Rosenberg Gallery Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

Book Alteration Sculpture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

*For a full listing of exhibitions since 1987, please see artist website.

Juror Experience

Carrousel Celebration of Children's Artwork, Mansfield, OH

Fine Art Sale and Auction of Prisoner Artwork, Mansfield State Correctional Facility, Mansfield, OH

Prison Painter's First Public Art Show and Auction, Mansfield State Correctional Facility, Mansfield, OH

15th Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts, Ontario, OH

Permanent & Private Collections

Lima Company Corporate Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA
Community College of Philadelphia, Photography Department, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia
Liz and Mike Kalogris, Great Valley, PA
Harrison Byck, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

1993
The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation. "The First Ceramics Symposium With The Union of Artists of St. Petersburg, Russia and the USA." Firing Line a publication of the Orton Firing Institute.

Apprenticeships

2014-present
Thomas M. Miles, Sculptor
Philadelphia, PA

1989-93
Jane Parshall, Narikomi Technique, Stoneware
Mifflin, OH

Grants & Awards

2008-2017, 2003-2006
Teaching Grant: “Just For The Kids Foundation.” Bensalem, PA

1999-2001
Service Learning Community Service Grant, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Clyde McGeary Scholarship Grant for Research in Art Education, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1995
People To People International Educational Program; ”Russian Waterways”

1993
Ohio Arts Council, Division of International Affairs, “Ceramic Artist Exchange”

Orton Cone Foundation, Support of Ceramic Research

1984
James W.Strong Community Service Award for Art Therapy, BGSU. Bowling Green, OH

1984-1985
Fine Arts Department Talent Scholarship Award. BGSU, Bowling Green, OH

Professional Memberships

InLiquid
Nextfab
Philadelphia Sculptors Group
National Museum of Women in the Arts
MoMA
Whitney Museum of Art

Education

1995
M.A./M.A.T. Art Education, The University of The Arts Research Project: "Listen To My Drawing" Incorporating Art Therapy Methods In The Classroom

Art Certifications: Pennsylvania K-12, New Jersey K-12

1985
B.S. Art Therapy, Cognate: Psychology, Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCES

1996
"Russian Waterways" Art Educator/Delegate: People To People Int'l

1993
"First Ceramic Artist Exchange and Symposium with the Union of Artist of St. Petersburg, Russia.": One of five American participants