Mary Jane Dean lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. After a decade of life-changing health difficulties, she is firing on all cylinders once again.
Along with pictorial exhibitions, Dean’s projects have included installations at the Berlin Wall in 1988 and the World Trade Center in 1999 (her recollections of the latter were published in the Notre Dame Review and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore); The Drift Bottle Project, a community-based adventure involving the people of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the whims of the Gulf Stream; visuals for the Evan Hause opera Nightingale: The Last Days of James Forrestal; The Rock Project, featuring the international postal system and fifty exceptional people; and the digital project Whitlandia, ongoing at www.whitlandia.org.
Dean is the recipient of fellowships from Centre d’Activitats I Investigacions Artístiques in Barcelona, the Skowhegan Art Program, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The MacDowell Colony, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 1995, she received the Freedom Prize from the International Peace Center for her work with artists under siege in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.