Kagen Dunn graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with a Bachelor of Fine Art in December of 2018. While attending UTA, Kagen concentrated in Glass where she would combine traditionally engendered crafts to create uncertainty that challenges the perceived expectations of how a process or materials should operate. Existing on the liminal boundary between wholeness and broken, the work evokes both comfort and tension. The space that a piece exists in its many forms plays a vital role in how the viewer prepares for a logical progression of actions significance. By actively combining two disparate fields of craft, Kagen challenges the stereotypes associated with each.
Kagen has exhibited her work in juried art shows nationally. The most notable exhibitions include PIVOT (Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, FL), Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices (Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN), and the 6th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition (Artspace III, Fort Worth, TX). Most recently, she was selected to participate in Essence (Envision Arts) and was awarded Best in Show. Kagen has also been honored to have received scholarships to attend workshop intensives at Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass, Penland School of Craft and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Currently, Kagen is pursuing a Master’s in Fine Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.