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Dana has been working professionally as a fine artist, interior designer, and Broadway scenic artist since 1998. She has led the design/painting crews for many Tony awarded sceneries on Broadway: shows such as Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Lion King, The Color Purple, and Mamma Mia.
Her designed spaces—both public environments and private homes—can be found in New York City, Ohio, Florida, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Her photos, paintings, and drawings have been shown in galleries in New York and Vermont, as well as internationally in Berlin, Germany. In 2009, Dana moved to the Burlington area where she completed her MFA at Goddard College.
Dana Heffern is the current Director for the Champlain College Art Gallery. An inter-disciplinarian through and through, Dana leads programming for all shows at the Champlain College Gallery. She draws upon her wide networks in the art world with a strong commitment to promoting both artistic excellence and relevance to Champlain's programs and mission.
2010–14 Spectrum Youth and Family Services, mentor.
2009 North End NPA, artist with youth volunteer.
2007–2009 Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, set paint volunteer.
1998–2001 United Scenic Artists Local 829, apprentice committee member.
1998–present I.A.T.S.E., United Scenic Artists, Local 829, New York, NY
2000–2008 OSHA Lead Safety Committee, Hudson Scenic Studio, Yonkers, NY
Currently working on photos of the wood as memory.
2018 Photography, Altered Spaces, Spruce Peak Art Center, Stowe, VT
2017 Photography, Sojourn, SPACE gallery with Sage Tucker-Ketcham
2015 Instillation, Conceal/Reveal, BCA & Overnight Projects, with R. Weisman
Having difficult conversations in front of art, and with an artist, can help positively change how one works through a challenging topic.