Denise Burge

Denise R Burge , MFA



Wolfson Center


DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Professor Burge holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (1991). She teaches courses that range from seminars on landscape to animation.  She works in a variety of media, including painting, film, installation and quiltmaking. Her quilt work has been widely commissioned and collected, and was included in two Quilt National exhibitions. For this work she has been awarded multiple Ohio Arts Council grants, a Joan Mitchell Foundation award, and residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown.
Burge also works collaboratively in several creative teams.  In 2006 she formed a collaborative animation group called The Dozens. Their work premiered at the Fringe Festival in Edinboro, Scotland, and has been in several national and international film festivals. Her collaborative Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati (2011) and at New Harmony Indiana (2014) in celebration of their biennial.  In 2017 she was awarded a competitive residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.  
She is currently executing projects with the Maidens, her personal work, and on a new collaborative graphic novel about 19th century journalist Lafcadio Hearn. 




Masters of Fine Art: Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia, 1991 (Painting and Printmaking)

Bachlor of Fine Arts: University of North Carolina Greensboro,NC, 1989 (Painting and Printmaking)

Research and Practice Interests

Drawing Foundations Seminar Courses

Positions and Work Experience

2007 -2011 Director, MFA Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1996 -2007 Foundations Studio Coordinator, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1998 -2011 Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1995 -1999 Freelance Illustrator, Brutal Gift Studios,

1992 -1998 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2011 -To Present Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Support

Grant: #R40754 Investigators:Burge, Denise 07-01-2020 -06-30-2021 UC's URC AHSS Faculty Awards Lafcadio Hearn's Haunted Journey- Cincinnati to Japan and Back Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Honors and Awards

2000 -2001 DAAP Outstanding Service Award

Other Information,



  •  The Gazr In U, New Harmony, Indiana
  • Vibrational Natures, Hobohaus Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Do You Know the Shape of Desire?, Aisle Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio--also St. Edwards  University, Austin Texas
  •  Good Vibrations, MuseumGallery/GalleryMuseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  Stirring, two-person exhibition with Dominic Guarnaschelli, 930 Art Center, Louisville,  Kentucky
  •  Majr Gazr, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  Ditch Freeze, two-person exhibit with Rose McCormick, Ditch Projects, Springfield,  Oregon
  •  Denise Burge: Original Dirt, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois
  •  This Feeling of Nature, Aisle Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  On the Point of Crystal Time, DeVos Museum, Marquette, Michigan
  •  Solo Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
  •  Screening of Video Work, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  Solo Exhibition, And/Or gallery, Dallas, Texas
  •  Two-Person Exhibition, with Jacob Semko, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
  •  Procession of the Great Destroyer, two-person exhibition with Tracy Featherstone, Warsaw   Project Space, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  Anthem, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  With Reverent Hands, Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio
  •  View from the Car and other Stories, Southern Ohio Museum of Art, Portsmouth, Ohio-- also, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland
  •  Your Mud Is Alive, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts
  •  Love Me and Despair, Linda Schwartz Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  •  Ecstatic, Linda Schwartz Gallery
  •  Sabbatical Exhibition, 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati 
  •  8 x 10, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  •  New Work, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
  •  New Work, (juried), A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  •  Solo Exhibition, Acme Art, Columbus, Ohio
  •  The Space Between, (juried), University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama