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Dana Chodzko

Dana Chodzko heads the Sculpture Department. She has been a teacher for more than 20 years, including positions at John F. Kennedy University, Stanford University, San Francisco School of Art, New Mexico State University, and the College of Santa Fe. Dana Chodzko has had a great many exhibitions of her sculpture and has been written about in dozens of periodicals.


Professor Chodzko holds a BFA from Otis Art Institute, Sculpture/Intermedia, Los Angeles, and an MFA from Stanford University in Sculpture/Installation.

Major Professional Activities

Dana Chodzko’s many solo and group exhibitions, installations, site sculptures, public and private commissions include:

“Spacial Relations Alphabet,” installation Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
“SoQ”, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“In Retrospect”, Evo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“New work” Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
“Circle of Evolution” installation at Graham Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Artists at the Rock Project, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California
“The Mechanical Alphabet” a 47 ft. Mosaic and Steel Mural for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
“The Coming and Going of Grace”, a 26 ft. Site Sculpture for Hotel Chango, Capitan, New Mexico
A 36 ft. long Tile and Steel Mural for Aceta Travel Inc., Alamogordo, New Mexico
60 Sculptures for the Palau Resort Hotel in Micronesia
“Beyond the Z Gates,” an 800 ft. long steel Site Specific Environmental Sculpture for The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Palo Alto, California

Selected Publications and Awards

Professor Chodzko’s bibliography includes Architectural Digest, ARTnews, Artweek, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, THE Magazine of the Arts, The Santa Fe Reporter, the Albuquerque Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, The Peninsula Times Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

She has won many awards, such a Stanford University Fellowship, Zellerbach Grant, Ford Foundation Grant, NEA Grant, The College of Santa Fe “Roots and Wings Award”, and The New Mexico Capital Arts Foundation Award,

Teaching Statement

“I hope to inspire students and help them develop the courage to be who they are so they can take this center of power and creativity into the world to share with others. Along the way they learn new sculptural materials and processes to support their ideas and individual talents, which will become their art and their voice in the world as professionals.”


Dana Chodzko
Studio Arts IAIACore Faculty
Work Phone: (505) 424-5709
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