D A N A    C O L C L E A S U R E   is a photographer, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and most recently of Normal, Illinois, where she relocated with her husband and sons a few years ago. Dana started her practice as a photographer as a young girl without realizing it by using car windows to frame images while on long drives to see her grandparents or on vacation road trips with her parents. During her high school career, she was formally introduced to film photography and the darkroom. Once there, she immediately felt at home. She was offered her first job as a photographer just before high school graduation and has continued to pursue the medium in one form or another ever since. Over the years, that led to her participating in juried group shows such as Venus Envy and the permanent collection at Uptown Station in Normal, being the co-pioneer in the non-profit group, Missouri Heart Gallery, which uses photography to aid in the permanent placement of foster children, and more recently, venturing out into her first solo show.


2004 - Venus Envy, Juried Artist (St. Louis, MO)

2004–2007 - Missouri Heart Gallery, Co-founder & Director of Photography (Missouri)

2005 - Venus Envy, Juried Artist (St. Louis, MO)

2006 - Fostering Families Magazine, Aug. cover photograph (National)

2012 - Uptown Station, Juried permanent collection (Normal, IL)

2012 – Friends of Arts, Post Card Art Show (Normal, IL)

2012 - Heartland Community College, Merit of Honor Award (Normal, IL)

2013 – Friends of Arts, Post Card Art Show (Normal, IL)

2013 - The Coffeehouse, month long public show, 15 piece collection (Normal, IL)

2013 - MySLart.org, 33 October show, Visitor’s Choice Award (St. Louis, MO)

2014 - Escape Into Life, Featured Artist, s t u c k Series (National)

2014 - Arterie, Inspiration Within, Juried Artist (Chicago, IL)

2015 - Women Made Gallery, Juried Artist, 18th International Open, s t u c k Series (Chicago, IL)