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Dena Thomas-Aouassou

  • Lecturer II




Dena Thomas-Aouassou is a sculptor who enjoys experimenting with materials and works in a large variety of scales. She currently holds two positions: Senior Fabrication Lab Manager and Lecture II at the School of Architecture and Planning at UNM.  

Dena received her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. Prior to attending graduate school she joined the U.S. Peace Corps, Morocco 2008-2010. Dena work explores the use of materials and processes to convey her concepts that are deeply influenced by her life experiences and world view. Her work has been exhibited at several invitational, juried, and solo exhibitions; and featured on the art pod cast Studio Break in November 2014.

Students working in her spring 2017 Industrial Design seminar won second and third place in a national lighting design competition, Robert Bruce Thompson Lighting Design Competition 2017.