Killian Dunne

Dunne, Killian



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Killian Dunne is a Lecturer in Printmaking, Publishing, and Editions. He has worked as a Printmaker, Illustrator, and Designer in Chicago, Vancouver, Dublin, Quito and Berlin. Upon graduating from The National College of Art and Design, Ireland in 2009 he won the Black Church Print Studio Student Award, and the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award. In 2011 he won the Prix Invitation Award at the 7th Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Quebec. 

In 2019 he completed his MFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded The SAIC New Artist Society Scholarship 2017 and The SAIC International Graduate Scholarship 2018. During his time at SAIC he worked as a teaching assistant in advanced typography and identity systems. From 2019 until 2020 he taught printmaking at the Universidad Central del Ecuador.

His work can be found in various artists’ books collections including Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Franklin Furnace Artists' Books Collection at Pratt Institute, The Royal College of Art’s Special Collections Books, The British Library’s Artists’ books and fine press collection, The Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library’s Artists' Books Collection, Baltic Artists’ Book Collection, The National Irish Visual Arts Library, University of Michigan Library, Michigan State University Libraries, University of California Irvine Libraries, Glasgow School of Art Library Services, Edinburgh College of Art Library, University of Leeds University Library’s Special Collections Artists’ Book Collection, The Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections Museum, University of Bergen Library, Artexte, and the Bruce Peel Special Collections at University of Alberta.

Research interests

His work explores story telling’s relationship to histories and the consequential construction of culture in narrative spaces.

Explorations of such cultural identities are investigated through the reappropriation of traditional design systems languages. Design narrative spaces, particularly the book, the series and the poster are deconstructed and represented in relation to the narrative spaces of specific culturally defining subject matter.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Fine Art, Visual Communications, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

30 Aug 201713 May 2019

Award Date: 13 May 2019

Bachelor of Fine Art, Printmaking

1 Aug 20051 Jun 2009

Award Date: 7 Jun 2009


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