Marnie Dean

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  • Title: Goddess Danu and Maha Kali's Chirning of the Ocean of milk
    Medium: water color,pencil,Indian ink,acrylic and metalic ink on archies 680 gsm with collaged street poster from Kerala
    Size: 57x77cm
    Year: 2016


2007: Master of Visual Arts, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.
2005: Training Certificate CIL (Center for Intentional Living, New York, USA).
2004: Advanced Diploma of Body Psychotherapy, Institute of Energy Science, Queensland Australia.
2003: Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (First Class), Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.
2001: Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Arts, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.


2013: Finalist – Australian Asian Art Award
2007: Certificate of Congressional Recognition for work with FOSAAC Inc. for cultural improvement to the Community in Los Angeles, USA House of Representatives.
2007: County of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition for cultural services in the field of visual arts in Los Angeles.
2004: Work selected by Davida Allen as the winner of Project Io for the Brisbane City Council Postcard Art and web competition.
2002: Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence for studies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours.
2000: Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence.


2019: Dean, M. Indian Creative Minds, A Pastiche of ‘Herstory’: The Recent Work of Ramani Mylavarapu, Volume V, Issue IV, July-August, 2019. Pages 38-44.
2013: Dean, M. Mythopoetic: Women Artists from Australia and India, Exhibition Catalogue, published by Griffith University, 2013.

2012-2013: Dean, M. Australian Art Monthly, Re-picturing Gondwana for Grrrls, Gondwana, no. 256 Gondwana, Summer 2012/2013. Pages 45-48.
2012: O’Riordan, M. Chance and Design the Fourth Indian Art Fair, Australian Art Monthly, March 2012, pages 36-37.
2011: Dean, M. Art. Etc. Special Issue on Cutting Edge Indian Art, December 2011, article titled ‘Nalini Malani: An Omnibus Contemporary Practice’, edited by Johny Mulluvilakom Lakshmanan online version of print publication available:

2004: Artwork in Craft Arts International, No 61, 2004, “A Snapshot of Visual Arts in Regional Australia”, Holmes, J.


2011: Writer & Contributor to the book Earth Mother by Scott Alexander King, 2011 Rockpool Publishing, Sydney, Australia. Pages 15 – 21. (Non-academic publication)
2009: Dean, M. Gifts of the Goddess Publishing, 2007, “The Energy of the Goddess”, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. (writer and illustrator).
2009: Dean, M. Gifts of the Goddess Publishing, 2007, “The Year of the Goddess 2009 Calendar”, Seekers, D. Brisbane, Queensland Australia. (writer and illustrator).


2014: Queensland Maritime Museum, writing a digitization policy for their collections.
2013: Acting Curator, Brisbane Powerhouse, implementing the curatorial program of Brisbane Powerhouse Arts in an interim role.
2013: Guest Curator, Griffith Artworks, contracted by Griffith University Art Gallery to curate an exhibition for their Encounters: India Festival and deliver the visual arts aspect of festival program.
2012: Sessional Academic: Tutor, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Department of Art Theory.
2011-2013: Contracted by the Australian Consulate in India and Sanjay Tulysan to develop a collateral exhibition for the open program of the Inaugural Kochi Muziris Biennale sharing participation with the Australian Government’s Oz Fest program in India in 2012.
2007 – 2008: Project Manager, artist and designer for the refurbishment of the Frank White Annex for the Department of Metallurgical and Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland (I designed the new interior of the building for the University of Queensland, working remotely from my base in the USA). Contact for this project is Professor Peter Hayes, department head of Metallurgy, University of Queensland.
2006 – 2010: Cultural Director/Curator the US ASIA Business Forum and F.O.S.A.A.C. (Friends of the South Asian American Communities and the Indian Chamber of Commerce in California) Pioneer BLVD, Artesia, CA, Los Angeles. I worked in this position full time between 2006-2008.
2004: Artist assistant for Margaret Wertheim at the 2004 Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
2004 – 2005 Post-graduate tutor for International Students, Queensland College of Art.
2004: Digital artist for Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers for their Leadership conference for the Institute of Public Administration Australia QLD.
2003: New Media Workshop (participating as a workshop artist) for the Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art, Arts Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery.
2002: New Media Workshop with Nalini Malani at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery.
2002: Curator of Free Alba- An exhibition of Queensland new media artists’ response to the rhetoric, discourse and debate of the GFP Bunny, commissioned by the Pine Rivers Shire Council for Pine Rivers Regional Gallery.
1999 – 2002: Assistant Cultural Coordinator (Part-time), Pine Rivers Shire Council, Strathpine, Brisbane.
1997 – 2004: Facilitator and trainer at the Institute of Energy Science Australia.


2018: MCA Artbar, curated by Kate Beynon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
2017: Solo exhibition, Churning of the Ocean of Milk, WAG (Woolloongabba Art gallery), Brisbane, Australia, 7 February-4 March.
2016: My work and story was included in Yoko Ono’s Arising project at the Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2014: International Artist Residency Exhibition, Chitramayee State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad, India.
2013: Mythopoetic: Women Artists from Australia and India, Griffith University Art
Gallery, QCA Galleries, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
2012: Re-picturing the Feminine, a collateral exhibition in the open program of the inaugural Kochi Muziris Biennale, Gallery OED, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India.
2012: Unbound presenting at Belgrade Art Fair (25 th -28 th October), Kulturni Center Beograda.
2011: LA Art Show: Modern and Contemporary (Launch LA), Los Angeles Convention Center, Jan 23 rd – 27 th , Los Angeles, CA., USA.
2010: Artificial Paradises, ACME, May 1 – 29, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA., USA.
2010: Solo Exhibition, Pop Goddess (Installation), The Artspace Warehouse, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
2008-2009: New Media Installation, public art project and permanent acquisition for the Departments of Mining and Metallurgy, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane.
2005: Solo Exhibition, Pop Gallery, Illuminated Light boxes, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia.
2004: Solo Exhibition, The Red Egg at Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.
2003: Canon Photomedia Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
2002: Australian New media Showcase from workshop participation, Asia Pacific Triennial of Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2002: Free Alba- An exhibition of Queensland new media artists’ response to the rhetoric, discourse and debate to the GFP Bunny, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, Brisbane
2002: Honour Roll, Queensland College of Art.
2001: Graduate Exhibition, Queensland College of Art.
2000: Queensland Sculpture Exhibition, Artisan, Brisbane.
1999: Brisbane Art Director’s Charity Auction, Riverside Centre Building Foyer.


2014: Chitramayee State Gallery of Art, International Art Collection
2009: University of Queensland, Permanent Acquisition of Public Art
2007: Clinton Foundation, Collection of International Women’s Contemporary Art


2014: Chitramayee State Gallery of Art, International Artist Residency, Hyderabad, India.

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