Visual Arts

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Visual Art

Dan Dakotas has been teaching visual art in the maximum security unit for more than fifteen years.  Dan teaches a variety of techniques to new and accomplished artists.  Dan has reintroduced the ancient prison art of paños (using ink pen on handkerchiefs to create art and communications) to his students.  Dan’s class is very popular and the works created by his students can be found in Arts in Prison art exhibits and our on-line gallery.

Dan Dakotas, an active artist and arts educator, has presented work in juried shows in the US, China, and Paraguay as well as one-man shows in Kansas and Missouri. He has received numerous awards for his photography and jewelry.  He taught secondary art for 36 years.  During that time he also taught as a guest artist/adjunct faculty for Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Baker University, Ottawa University and the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and currently continues as adjunct faculty for Baker University and the KCAI. As an art educator he has been recognized as an Outstanding Overall Art Educator and Outstanding Secondary Art Educator by the Kansas Art Education Association.  The National Art Education Association recognized him as the Kansas Art Educator in 1995.  He was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award for the greater Kansas City Area. In 1996, he was recognized as a State of Kansas Governor’s Artist. In 2004, he received the Rauschenberg Award for his work with special needs students.  He has served on National Endowment of the Arts grant review panels.