Resume/CV

Kena Ramirez Dillon
Artist
IG: @artxkena
FB: Art x Kena
www.artxkena.com

Education:
2017
 
Bachelor of Fine Arts - School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2014         
Associate of Visual Arts - Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

Exhibition Record: 
2019
7th Annual Veterans Art Show (upcoming)
, Atelier Gallery, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Blue Line Arts Exhibit, Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce, Roseville, CA
Kena Dillon, UN³ Cincy Featured Artist, Cincinnati, OH

2018   
Secret ArtWorks from The Banks, The Banks, Cincinnati, OH
Veteran Art Show, Union Gallery Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
Women’s Military Appreciation Day, San Francisco, CA
Fleet Week on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, CA
6th Annual Veterans Art Show, Cannery Galleries, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
Camp Hellnback Veteran's Art Showcase, Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV
Broadway Art & Craft Fair, Monticello Library, Monticello, IN
ROBOTS: The Future is Near Art Exhibition, Delphi Opera House, Delphi, IN
Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) Gallery Walk, Thomas Duncan Hall, Lafayette, IN
Kena Dillon, Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art, Delphi, IN
Kena Dillon, UN³ Cincy Featured Artist, Cincinnati, OH

2017    
DAAP Works, Meyers Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
DAAP Sculpture Showcase, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton, OH
Catwalk, 840 Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Discipline (solo), 840 Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Tell It Slant//, 840 Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Kena Dillon, UN³ Cincy Featured Artist, Cincinnati, OH
All Star, Reed Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2016    
ArtWorks 21 Candles, Lunken Airport Hangar 2, Cincinnati, OH
Floor Candy, Reed Hardwood Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
At Capacity, 840 Gallery, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
ArtWorks Teaching Staff Show, 1305 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Greenhouse Inspired, Blue Box, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2015
100+1
, Niehoff Urban Studio, “Most Gravity-Defying” winner, Cincinnati, OH
Wrong Place, Pop Up Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Pimp My Chair, 840 Gallery, “Best Story” winner, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2014    
Pacific Northwest Art Blender, The Front Gallery, Mount Vernon, WA
AVA Exhibition, Skagit Valley College Art Gallery, Mount Vernon, WA
Juried Art Exhibition, Skagit Valley College Art Gallery, Mount Vernon, WA

2009   
Suicide Prevention Poster, contest winner, U.S. Navy Delta Barracks, NAS Pensacola, FL

Special Military Pieces:
2014
    
VQ-1 World Watchers, Commissioned to design the PACOM 2014 Deployment Patch, U.S. Navy, Kadena, Japan

2011      
SFWPMU El Centro, Commissioned to design Command Coin, U.S. Navy, El Centro, CA
SFWPMU El Centro, Commissioned to design Chief's Coin, U.S. Navy, El Centro, CA

Grants & Awards:
2016
  
Dean's List, Fall semester, School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Dean's List, Spring semester, School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2015   
Floor Candy, Formica show prize recipient, Reed Hardwood Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
"Most Gravity-Defying", 100+1, Niehoff Urban Studio, Cincinnati, OH
"Best Story", Pimp My Chair, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2014   
Dean's List, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

2013
Letter of Commendation
, U.S. Navy, HSL-49, NAS North Island, Coronado, CA

2012   
Good Conduct Medal, U.S. Navy, HSM-73, NAS North Island, Coronado, CA
GWOT Service Medal, U.S. Navy, HSM-73, NAS North Island, Coronado, CA

2011   
Letter of Commendation, U.S. Navy, SFWPMU El Centro, El Centro, CA
Plane Captain of the Quarter, U.S. Navy, SFWPMU El Centro, El Centro, CA

2010   
Blue Jacket of the Quarter, U.S. Navy, SFWPMU El Centro, El Centro, CA

2009  
Suicide Prevention Poster, Contest Winner, U.S. Navy Delta Barracks, NAS Pensacola, FL
National Defense Service Medal, U.S. Navy, RTC Great Lakes, Great Lakes, IL

Press:
2017
   
Featured Artist: Kena Dillon, UN³ Cincy, Cincinnati, OH
DAAP's All-Star Art Showcase at Reed Gallery, The News Record, University of Cincinnati, OH, Jan. 25

Employment: 
2017 - present
Art x Kena
, self-employed contemporary artist

2016   
Teaching Artist, ArtWorks, Cincinnati, OH
DAAP Camp Assistant Instructor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2008-2013
Aviation Machinist's Mate
, United States Navy, Multiple locations

Related Experience:
2017
    
United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Lead artist/designer of small mural for elementary school, Cincinnati, OH

2016    
Queen City Links, Girls STEAM Academy, Judge for Poster Art Contest, Cincinnati, OH

Volunteer Work: 
2010-2011
Naval Air Facility El Centro Ceremonial Guard
, United States Navy, NAF El Centro, CA

Skills:
Drawing:
 charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil pastels, conte crayon
Painting: oil, acrylic
Woodworking: table saw, band saw, scroll saw, miter saw, track saw, jigsaw, disc sander, spindle sander, belt sander, drill press, domino/biscuit joiner, planer, jointer, power tools
Metalworking: plasma cutter, grinder, chop saw, band saw, angle grinder
Welding: Gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG)
Digital:  Adobe Photoshop, Procreate
Screenprinting
Languages:
 Fluent: English & Spanish, Limited working proficiency: German


 

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