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Dana Caldera is a Houston based artist, art teacher, and recent MFA graduate.

Hi there, I'm Dana.

Most days you can find me in an apron with an unfinished cup of coffee on my desk because I’ve been distracted by my students. I teach in the mornings and in the afternoons I come home to my studio and work on my art.

I am mostly known as the engineer-turned-artist, but that’s not the whole truth. I was always an artist. As a teen I was devoted to visual art and somewhere along the way I got scared of what a career as an artist would look like so I chose something else. You can read more about that story here, but long story short: I am an artist who just took a small break to be an engineer.

People consider me to be a dream chaser, planner and strategist. I’m organized (probably from that engineer training) and structured with my goal setting. I fought my way back into the art world, developed and taught a high school art curriculum, earned my MFA, and began a consistent and challenging studio practice in four years.

I am lucky to be able to teach young artists how to problem solve and find their voice through art.

I love serving the world as an art teacher. When I left my engineering job I started teaching art at an inner-city high school. I am lucky to be able to teach young artists how to problem solve and find their voice through art. In fact, I struggle daily to teach them more than they teach me about the truly important lessons in life.

I am passionate about connecting with people. I can thank my students for that. My artwork has become about how we connect with strangers, how we perceive people we don’t know, and how we overcome prejudice. If we can look beyond our assumptions about others and recognize that we are all human, the world will be a kinder place.

 

Naturally, most of my pants have paint on them.

As an emerging artist I’ve have my artwork selected for numerous juried shows in Texas, including the 2017 Texas National Show at Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, the 2017 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art Show at Williams Tower Gallery, and the 2016 and 2017 Rising Eyes of Texas Shows at Rockport Art Center. Notable jurors that have selected my work include Benito Huerta, Clint Willour, D.M. Allison, andΒ Jose Esparza Chong Cuy.Β 

When I’m not busy working on my art or teaching you can find me in the Houston Heights. My husband and I purchased a 1920s bungalow in 2013 and I love living in this historic, art-loving community. You’re likely to catch me walking to yoga, planning my next trip, Β journaling in my planner, or cruising social media.

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