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About Me.

Deena Marie King is an expressionist artist who centers her work on celebrating, embracing, and embodying the richness of the human experience. Deena’s art is fundamentally rooted in conceptualism, and the creative journey that follows is entirely guided by intuition, letting the medium and the meditative process guide the way.

Her creative process is characterized by the intensity of layering and the dynamic responses to each previous layer. She employs geometric shapes, intricate patterns, bold mark-making, and textured elements to convey the complexity of the underlying concept. She selects her mediums based on a desire to push boundaries and discover novel applications for materials. Through her use of vivid colors, bold brushstrokes, and exaggerated forms, she aims to evoke raw emotions, provoke thought, and capture the essence of the human condition in a way that words cannot fully express. Her art becomes a stage where her innermost feelings and perceptions dance, inviting viewers to engage with an emotive experience that speaks to the soul.

Deena King's journey originates in a quaint town nestled in western Kansas, where her deep-seated roots drew inspiration from her German ancestors, fostering her artistic growth. Graduating from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design, emphasizing painting, she initially thrived as a graphic designer before reigniting her passion for fine art. This rekindled excitement spurred her onto the national and international art scene, earning accolades in both graphic design and fine art exhibitions.

Having lived in dynamic cities such as Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City, Deena settled in Sarasota, Florida, in 2020, a move that reshaped her professional trajectory. In March 2022, she realized a long-held dream by inaugurating her personal gallery and studio, Define Art Gallery and Studio, a testament to her artistic evolution.

Her influence extends beyond her studio practice. As the Membership Chairperson for the Women Contemporary Artists group in Sarasota, Deena actively fosters connections and support within the artistic community. Moreover, she founded the SLAMD artists group, a select community of artists collaborating to enrich Sarasota and Manatee counties' creative landscape. As a business owner, Gallery director, curator, and mentor to fellow artists, she plays a pivotal role in shaping Sarasota's visual arts community.

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Exhibitions And Awards.

2024

WOMEN CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS 25th Annual Group Exhibition – Art and Frame Gallery - Sarasota, Florida

Annual Members Show – Art Center Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida

2023

Storytelling: A Visual Narrative-Juried Exhibition-Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

ABSTRACT AFTER DARK, RADD Dream Large Special Event, Rosemary District, Sarasota, FL

FRESH – International Juried Online Exhibit – Define Art Gallery and Studio, Sarasota, FL

An Abstract View - Juried Exhibition - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL - Honorable Mention Award

ART LAB 16.0 - Art Ovation Hotel - Featured Artist, Sarasota, FL

Identity – Exploring the Human condition – Annual Regional Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY – SLAMD Artists Group EXHIBITION – Art Ovation Hotel - Sarasota, FL

Women’s Contemporary Artists – Juried Group Exhibition – Bradenton, Florida

ART + STROLL – Juried Regional Exhibition – Business for the arts Broward Co., Fort Lauderdale, FL

FRESH National Juried Exhibition – Visual Arts Center – Punta Gorda, FL

HUMAN NATURE Juried International Exhibit – Colors of Humanity Art Gallery - Pennsylvania

Bay Area 16 Juried Regional Exhibition – Old Hyde Park Art Center – Tampa, Florida

Large Scale Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota – Sarasota, Florida

/DRA’MADIK/ Exclusive Group Exhibition – Define Art Gallery and Studio, Sarasota, FL

Annual Members Show – Art Center Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida

/BOLD/ Exclusive Group Exhibition – Define Art Gallery and Studio, Sarasota, FL

BIG WORKS – Juried Exhibition – Five Deuces Galleria – St. Petersburg, FL

Halo Arts Project - Angels for Artists Benefit 2023

2022

/AB’STRAKT/ Exclusive Group Exhibition – Define Art Gallery and Studio, Sarasota, FL

Off the Walls - Small Works – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee -Bradenton, FL

Small Works – Juried Exhibition – Five Deuces Galleria – St. Petersburg, FL

5th Women Artists – On-line Juried International Exhibition – Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

THE FIGURE – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

ALL ABOUT WINTER – International Juried Exhibition - DEGA Art Association/DEGallery – Bryan, TX

Favorite Place – non-juried exhibition - Creative Liberties Gallery – Sarasota, FL

Color Outside the Lines - Juried Exhibition - Art Center Manatee - Bradenton, FL

OFF THE WALL Fundraiser –Sunshine from Darkness & Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

Artistic Independence - International Juried Exhibition – Laguna Art Gallery- Laguna Beach, CA

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY – SOLO EXHIBITION – Art Ovation Hotel - Sarasota, FL

CREATE - Juried Exhibition - Art Center Manatee - Bradenton, FL

POP! – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota- Sarasota, FL

My Happy Place – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

Abstraction – National Juried Exhibition – Marks Art-Mary R Koch Arts Center – Wichita, KS

Strictly Abstract – International Juried Exhibition – O’Hanlon Center for the Arts – Mill Valley, CA

June Group Show – National Exhibition - Jones Gallery – Kansas City, MO

50th Annual Melvin Gallery Art Exhibition – National Juried Show – The Lakeland Art Guild – Lakeland, FL

The Best of the Best - International Juried Exhibition – LAS Laguna Art Gallery- Laguna Beach, CA

6th Annual Colors – National Juried Art Exhibition – Fusion Art Gallery – Santa Fe, NM

Annual Members Show – Art Center Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida

13th Biennial National Juried Art Exhibit - Visual Arts Center - Punta Gorda, Florida

Modes of Abstraction – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

Halo Arts Project - Angels for Artists Benefit 2022

2021

BLUE – International Juried Exhibition – Color of Humanity Art Gallery, Pennsylvania

Small Art: Big Impact Exhibition – Lina Rincon Art Gallery – Sarasota, FL

4th Annual Women Artists – International Juried Art Exhibition – Fusion Art Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

Into the Blues – Juried Exhibition – Lina Rincon Art Gallery – Sarasota, FL - 1st Place - Best in Show Award

Modern Art – Juried Online Exhibit – Grey Cube Gallery NYC – Honorable Mention Award

Wet Paint – International Juried Exhibition – Color of Humanity Art Gallery, Pennsylvania

Here Comes the Sun – Regional Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

From the Mind’s Eye – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

Times are a Changing – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Venice – Venice, FL

Process – Members Only Show – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

Promise of Spring­ – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

Color My World – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Venice – Venice, FL

Local Inspirations – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

12 x 12 Outside Dimensions – Juried Exhibition – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

2020

Common Ground – Peer Juried Virtual Exhibition – Art Center of Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

In the Making: All media, Juried Exhibit – Art Center Manatee – Bradenton, FL

The Big Show: National Juried Exhibition – Art Center of Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

2019

36TH Annual Five State Photography Competition and Exhibition – Hays Arts Center – Hays, KS

2015 and earlier

Ulrich Project Series: The General Store, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

Bronze award, collateral material – poster, AAFW ADDY, Wichita, KS

AIGA Portfolio forum, Wichita, KS

Brass ring award, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK

BFA Exhibition, Hays Arts Center – Hays, KS

Student honors exhibition, senior award, graphic design, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Hays, KS

Student honors exhibition, senior award, painting, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Hays, KS

Graphic design, BFA Exhibition, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Hays, KS

LINES, A Journal of the ARTS, FHSU publication, Hays, KS

FHSU Bookmaking Exhibition, Hays Arts Center, Hays, KS

Private and Corporate Placements

Sarasota, Florida – Bradenton, Florida - Orlando, Florida – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Kansas City, Missouri – Overland Park, Kansas – Prairie Village, Kansas - Hays, Kansas – Atlanta, Georgia – Massapequa, New York – Fort Collins, Colorado - Fort Worth, Texas

Publications And Affiliations.

Women's Contemporary Artists
Art Center Sarasota
define art gallery and studio
Sarasota Studio Artist Association
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