Eugene Dana

American, 1912 - 1996


Born in Marengo, IL in 1912, Eugene Dana spent his early childhood living in Clinton, Iowa. In 1936, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1937, he studied Modern painting at the St. Paul School of Art with artists LeRoy Turner and Cameron Booth. In 1941, he studied at Harvard University with with the noted Bauhaus instructor, Josef Albers.

Dana’s first teaching assignment was at the South High School in Minneapolis, MN. Moving to Chicago, Dana became a longtime Professor of Art at the Institute of Design (ID) from 1947-1963. From 1966-1985, he became an instructor at the University of Illinois, Chicago (Circle campus). During his years at the ID and University of Illinois, Dana worked closely with fellow artist and instructor, Richard Koppe. Dana organized the Richard Koppe retrospective at the University of Illinois in 1977 after the artist’s untimely death.

During his lifetime, Eugene Dana accepted numerous visiting teaching positions throughout the country, including those at Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Dana exhibited at such national venues as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (Guggenheim Foundation), New York, NY; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL and the St. Paul School of Art, St. Paul, MN, among others.

Together with his friend and colleague, Glenn Allen, the two artists established the Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, of which his estate collection benefits.

Eugene Dana died in Harvard, IL in 1996.

  • Dana 8554

    Cote d’Azur, 1982
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    41 x 37 inches

    Signed, dated Eugene Dana 5-82, June '82 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #8554
  • Dana 8556

    Blue Kilter, 1980
    Acrylic on canvas, in artist's original painted frame
    34 x 48 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated upper right; titled on label on reverse.

    #8556
  • Dana 8558

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1980
    Acrylic on canvas, in artist's original painted frame
    37 x 30 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 1980 lower left.

    #8558
  • Dana 8557

    Amenhotep, 1980-1981
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    25 x 61 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 5-80; 1-81 upper right; titled on label on reverse.

    #8557
  • Dana 9485

    Pavane, 1986
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s original painted frame
    27 1/4 x 57 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 15 June '86 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #9485
  • Dana 9491

    1066: Hastings, 1981
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    28 x 61 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana, Fecit and dated lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #9491
  • Dana 9488

    Quattrocento, 1980
    Acrylic on board, in artist's original painted frame
    27 x 41 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 1980 lower left; signed and titled on label on reverse.

    #9488
  • Dana 9489

    Firmament, 1983
    Acrylic on Masonite
    39 x 46 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated lower left; titled on label on reverse.

    #9489
  • Dana 9483

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 18 inches
    #9483
  • Dana 9487

    Inward, 1982
    Acrylic on canvas, in artist's original painted frame
    38 x 28 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, August '82 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #9487
  • Dana 9486

    Chiselled, 1984-1985
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    38 1/4 x 41 1/4 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated upper left; titled on label on reverse.

    #9486
  • Dana 9490

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1983
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    45 x 31 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated lower right.

    #9490
  • Dana 8551

    Visitation: Evening, 1983
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    50 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 2-13-83 lower left; titled and dated on reverse.

    #8551
  • Dana 8521

    Visitation: Morning, 1983
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    50 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, 2-13-83 lower left; titled and dated on reverse.

    #8521
  • Dana 8525

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1939/1941
    Ink on paper mounted on board
    18 x 18 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-39 3-41 lower left.

    #8525
  • Dana 8517 ur

    Red and Gray (Octagon Three), 1943
    Oil on board
    31 1/2 x 24 inches

    Signed with initials and dated ED 4-43 lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #8517
  • Dana 8534 web

    Red Drawing, 1941
    Gouache, ink, and collage on board
    16 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-41 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8534
  • Dana 8533

    Octagon Two, 1943
    Gouache on paper
    25 x 16 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 3-15-43 lower right.

    #8533
  • Dana 8529

    Ovals, 1941
    Gouache and collage construction on artist board
    24 x 17 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-41 lower right; signed, titled and inscribed on reverse: Eugene Dana, August 1941, Cambridge, Mass.

    #8529
  • Dana 8531 ur

    Drawing Blue and Black, 1941
    Gouache, ink and collage on paper
    21 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
    #8531
  • Dana 9479

    Bent Planes, 1939
    Gouache and colored pencil on paper
    15 x 25 1/4 inches

    Signed with initials and dated ED 8-1939 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #9479
  • Dana 8528

    Drawing, 1939
    Graphite and collage on artist board
    24 x 18 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 1939 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8528
  • Dana 8537

    Planar, 1949
    Watercolor and ink on paper, in original frame
    11 3/4 x 9 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 3-9-49 lower right.

    #8537
  • Dana 8542

    Night, 1979
    Watercolor on paper
    24 x 29 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana 1979 lower right.

    #8542
  • Dana 8550 ur

    Facade, 1939
    Tempera and ink on paper
    24 x 19 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-1939 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8550
  • Dana 8536

    Octagon Four, 1944
    Gouache on paper
    19 x 13 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 7-44 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8536
  • Dana 8532

    Linear Violet, 1941-42
    Gouache on paper
    13 3/4 x 18 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 41 42 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8532

Born in Marengo, IL in 1912, Eugene Dana spent his early childhood living in Clinton, Iowa. In 1936, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1937, he studied Modern painting at the St. Paul School of Art with artists LeRoy Turner and Cameron Booth. In 1941, he studied at Harvard University with with the noted Bauhaus instructor, Josef Albers.

Dana’s first teaching assignment was at the South High School in Minneapolis, MN. Moving to Chicago, Dana became a longtime Professor of Art at the Institute of Design (ID) from 1947-1963. From 1966-1985, he became an instructor at the University of Illinois, Chicago (Circle campus). During his years at the ID and University of Illinois, Dana worked closely with fellow artist and instructor, Richard Koppe. Dana organized the Richard Koppe retrospective at the University of Illinois in 1977 after the artist’s untimely death.

During his lifetime, Eugene Dana accepted numerous visiting teaching positions throughout the country, including those at Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Dana exhibited at such national venues as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (Guggenheim Foundation), New York, NY; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL and the St. Paul School of Art, St. Paul, MN, among others.

Together with his friend and colleague, Glenn Allen, the two artists established the Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, of which his estate collection benefits.

Eugene Dana died in Harvard, IL in 1996.

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