Danielle Dewees is an artist and designer living near Bennet, Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2014. Danielle makes artwork in her in-home studio. Her medium of choice is relief printmaking, though she has also worked in digital art, graphite, and watercolor.
Her work explores the wildlife of the Great Plains. From an early age, Danielle would try to imagine what the landscape around her in south-central Nebraska looked like before the roads, towns, farmsteads, and fences. As an adult, she seeks out environments that show little to no impact from industrialization, and she finds creative inspiration by exploring and interacting with these environments. She aims to inspire viewers to investigate the subjects of her work and discover a deeper appreciation for the natural world and particularly Midwest wildlife. Her current work focuses on the North American Bison–once a prominent figure in the Great Plains, now absent from the natural landscape and confined to feedlots and parks.
In 2020, in a competition coordinated by the Nebraska Arts Council, Danielle's design was selected as Nebraska's first Support the Arts license plate. She has had her prints juried into the 2021 Nebraska Artist Biennial, the Norfolk Art Center’s 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, and the 2021 Mid America Print Council Member Juried Show. In 2019, one of her relief prints was selected for the BFF Banner Art Project and displayed in the Benson Neighborhood in Omaha. Danielle has received several awards at local shows, including one James Ray Award, three People’s Choice Awards, two Reserve Champions, three Merit Awards, one Best of Division, one Reserve Best of Division, and one Honorable Mention.
Active in the arts community, Danielle is a member of the Mid America Print Council, the Lincoln Artists’ Guild, and the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs. She has volunteered at the LUX Center of the Arts. She participated in the 2021 Southeast Nebraska Artist Inc. Express, The Business of Art Conference in 2021 hosted by Octagon Arts Center, and the Mid America Print Council 2020 Biennial Conference. Danielle is a co-op artist at the Cottonwood Gallery & Arts in Aurora, Nebraska, and she has work in the gift shop gallery at Blue Cat Gallery in Wayne, Nebraska. Danielle also operates an Etsy shop, Danielle Dewees Art, with a 5-star customer rating and over 250 sales.
Blue Cat Gallery, Wayne, Nebraska
May 15 - August 24, 2023 - Creative Community Conservation, H. Don and Connie Osborne Family Gallery, Criss Library, Omaha, Nebraska
August 25 - September 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, Nebraska
February 9 - May 3, 2024 - Governor's Residence, Lincoln, Nebraska