A.A.S., Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, 1990
B.F.A., College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, 1993
M.F.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2012

As an artist and educator, Daren explores the ways art shapes how we learn, work, and play with each other. His sculptural objects, instruments, and frameworks set the stage for events to unfold – often exploring the complex relationships and connections that spontaneously emerge within the production and reception of the art exhibition itself. He regularly works with musicians, dancers, scholars, and the greater community to explore the way we connect and cultivate meaning with one another through art and creative exchange. For Daren, sculpture is a medium capable of shaping materials, space, and even our understanding about the world we create together.

Daren received an MFA from Cornell University, where he was awarded the John Hartell Graduate Award from the College of Architecture, Art & Planning. He was also awarded Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University; the Norman Arts Council Cultural Connection Fellowship in Clermont-Ferrand, France; tactileBosch Fellowship in Cardiff, UK; artist residency at the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, NY; as residency at Arts, Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, NY;. He has had solo exhibitions at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, OK; Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA; Margaret Thatcher Projects, NYC; and Caren Golden Fine Art, NYC. His work has been screened at Great Lakes International Film Festival, ALTFF, Alternative Film Festival, Toronto; NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Padmaan Moving Image Festival at University of Tehran, Iran. Upcoming exhibitions include: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; and Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte in Florence, Italy.

Courses Taught
  • ARTS-163: Introduction to Sculpture
  • ARTS-263: Intermediate Sculpture
  • ARTS-363: Advanced Sculpture
  • ARTS-165: Introduction to Ceramics
  • ARTS-265: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ARTS-365: Advanced Ceramics
  • ARTS 401: Junior Independent Study
  • ARTS 451 and 452: Senior Independent Study