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He received his Master of Art, Visual Arts in Glass from The Australian National University in Canberra in 2010 and a B.S. in Studio Arts from Illinois State University in 2001. He has also studied and/ or worked at The Northlands Creative Glass Center in Scotland, The Canberra Glass Works in Australia, Chicago Hot Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, The University of Wolverhampton England and The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Dean has recently been recognized as a 2013 Rising Star from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Recent exhibitions include 50 by 50 at The Muskegon Museum of Art and Expose at Habatat Gallery. He is presently represented by Habatat gallery Michigan, and Riley galleries in Cleveland.

2014 SOFA, Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL

2014 Ways of Making: An Exploration in Glass, Cohen Gallery, Reading, PA

2014 Art Palm Beach, Riley Galleries, Palm Beach, FL

2014 Invited Artsit: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts national Symposium: Figurative Association: The Human Form, Gatlinburg, TN

2013 Igneous Expressions: David McCune Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

2013 Portraits and Abstracts: Neusole Glass, Cincinnati, Ohio

2013 Shattered: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

2013 Bookworms: Flame Run, Louisville, KY

2013 Glass Weekend: Wheaton Village, NJ

2013 Expose: Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2012 The Center of Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC

2012 50 by 50: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

2012 Glass in the Mountains: TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC

2012 Neusole Glass, Cincinnati, Ohio

2012 Fire Nation, Toledo, Ohio

2011 Green Plum Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC

2011 Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC

2010 National Self Portrait Show: 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 Beauty Born of Fire: The Kavanagh Gallery, St. Charles, IL

2009 Sculpture on The Edge: Bermagui, Australia

2008 Aus Glass: Hobart, Tasmania

2008 Dean Allison New Work: Moka Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007 Pilchuck Glass Auction 29th Annual,

2006 Moka Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Kraft Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Chicago Hot Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL

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