Professor Dana Provence – sculpture and jewelry

Dana Provence

I graduated from Baylor University and the University of North Texas. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing. My artwork is nationally exhibited and internationally collected,​ and I am ​a member of the International Sculpture Center, The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and am on the board of the SLV STEAM Shop, the maker space for the San Luis Valley.

"Silver Schism"
Cast and machined aluminum with mirror, 24" x 8" x 6", 2009

I initially studied and worked as a scientist, becoming skilled at investigating and engineering form and function at the microscopic and molecular levels; but as a sculptor, I use these abilities of thoughtful observation and analysis to create visually engaging three-dimensional designs. My artwork is driven by conceptual themes that are rooted in language, particularly wisdom literature and folk wisdom. My artwork incorporates a wide-ranging mix of traditional and contemporary materials often including multimedia elements to highlight the human experience, both socially and individually.

​My teaching experience parallels my professional career as a mixed and multimedia sculptor. Students develop a skillful sensitivity towards concepts and a hands-on knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques. Volume of production, build quality, and originality of work are celebrated, enabling the production of work relevant to one’s own personal vision. Students question the status quo and explore hybrid processes that communicate a visual language that is in step with contemporary culture. I continue to teach an array of three-dimensional coursework at Adams State, currently in my thirteenth year.