About Dana


Dana M. Baird

Dana M. Baird

The child of creative parents, a whole bunch of muses started whispering in my ear at a young age. By the time I was three years old I wanted to be an artist. I started storytelling when I was five, and had an awesome elementary teacher who discovered that letting me write stories kept me occupied and out of trouble. I started singing in junior high, and added costuming to my list of ambitions when I was sixteen (although that didn’t work out too well for my mother’s sewing machine at first).

I studied Anthropology and Art History at Macalester College and later completed my B.A. with honors in Studio Art at the University of Minnesota. Since then, I spend my time juggling my creative pursuits.  I continue to paint and participate in art shows throughout the year. My first three novels were YA fantasy adventures, all picked up and published by a small press.  I also perform as a stilt walking jester out at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Lately the muses have swung me back toward costuming, and I hope to post more about those projects too.

I currently live in Minnesota with two insane cats and one very patient husband, Eric Clark.

Artist’s Statement:

“In my work, I use the language of color and shape to celebrate the grandeur of this world and the universe that expands around it. I invite viewers to re-examine the beauty that surrounds them and explore the aesthetic freedom that can be found beyond familiar boundaries.”


Costuming Awards:


Best Performance (Monster High) – July, CONvergence convention in Bloomington, MN


Best in Show (Black Adder’s Bells) – July, CONvergence convention in Bloomington, MN


Best in Show (Revolutionary Super Friends) – July, CONvergence convention in Bloomington, MN

Published Novels:

The Spell Keeper (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2007)
Veil Of Whispers (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2009)
Broken Legacy (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2012)

Art Exhibitions:


Yearly participation, July, CONvergence Convention Art Show, Bloomington, MN


Solo exhibit, February-April, Artifex Manuum Spa & Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


“A Decade of Art” Solo exhibit, February, Tillie’s Bean Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, MN


Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, August 27- September 7, Fine Arts Building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Solo Exhibit, February, Lost Lake Design, Little Falls, MN


Solo exhibit, January-February, Therapeutic Body Works, Casket Arts Building, Minneapolis, MN


Summer Season Exhibit Paintings featured at Pope Art Gallery, Terrace, MN

“Stargazing Revisited”, Solo exhibit, May, Tillie’s Bean Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, MN


“Eccentric Universe” Solo exhibit, August-September, A Fine Grind Coffee Shop, St. Paul, MN


“Above the Horizon” Solo exhibit, November, Tillie’s Bean Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, MN

“Colorphilia”, Solo exhibit, July, Columbia Grounds Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, MN

“Stargazing” Solo exhibit, March, Tillie’s Bean Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, MN


Graduating Seniors Art Salon, Invitational, April-May, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Art Department.

“High Color Universe,” Summa cum Laude Exhibit, April, Mezzanine Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Art Department.


Ohio State University Department of Physics, Columbus, Ohio,
Paintings on loan from the collection of Thomas and Bunny Clark


Member: Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers

Artist Member, MNartists.org

Artist Member, International Association of Astronomical Artists


University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum Laude, 2002

Macalester College, 1990 to 1993