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sculptor , art educator

Michael Florin Dente, American sculptor, art educator. Recipient Al Guisti award for excellence in teaching Associate Students University Portland, 1989, Best of Show award Martin Luther King Exhibition, 1992, 1st Place Art award United States Bank, Bicentennial Art Exhibit award Portland Art Museum, 1975, 78, 87.


Dente, Michael Florin was born on September 25, 1948 in San Jose, California, United States. Son of Florin and Georgia Jean (Copsey) Dente.


Associate of Arts, Clark College, 1970; Bachelor of Science, Portland State University, 1973; Master of Fine Arts, Portland State University, 1976.


Arts and craft coordinator Aramco, Saudia Arabia, 1981. Professor fine arts University Portland, Oregon, since 1981. Drawing instructor Portland Community College, 1984-1985.

Represented by Sovereign Gallery Portland. Painting, drawing and sculpture instructor summer school University Portland, 1982-1992, adjunct instructor education department outreach program, 1990-1993. Art instructor, muralist Hillcrest Girl's Reform School, Salem, 1976, McLaren School for Boys, Woodburn, Oregon, 1976, numerous other schools.

Art instructor Metropolitan Art Commission, Portland, 1976. Editorial advisory board Colgate Press, 1993. Artist in residence Lewis & Clark School, Astoria, Oregon, 1991-1992, Long Beach, Washington, 1991.

Muralist various public and private schools. Presenter workshops in field. Adjunct instructor art University Portland, 1981-1989.

Instructor sculpture Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, 1981. Courtroom drawings Station KATU News, Portland, 1981. Instructor painting Oregon State Penitentiary Oregon Arts Commission, 1975-1976.

Sulpture workshops Cleveland High School, Portland, 1979, Ardenwald Grade School, Milwaukee, Oregon, 1976, Franklin High School, Portland, 1976, Washington High School, Portland, 1976.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include monuments at Oregon Convention Center, Benicia California, The Grotto, Portland, University Portland, Mount Cavalry Cemetery, Portland Chief Joseph School, Portland. Executed mural at St. Mary's Cathedral, Portland. One man show at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 1987, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, 1985, Interstate Fire House Cultural Center, Oregon, 1989.

      Exhibited in group shows at Portland Art Museum, 1987-1988, Cohler Art Center, Wisconsin, 1990, Civil Rights Museum, 1990. Represented in collections Metropolitan Arts Commission, University Portland, Corvallis City Hall, Portland State University, Skamania County Women's Shelter, Portland City Hall, private collections.


Vice president Oak Lodge Preschool, 1986-1987. Basketball coach Golden Ball, Portland, 1990-1994. Volunteer artists Northwest public and private schools, since 1976.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, swimming, basketball, boxing.


Married Laurel Anne Cusick, September 26, 1970. Children: Nicholas Amedeo, Vincent Tamayo, Sarah Florin.

Florin Dente

Georgia Jean (Copsey) Dente

Laurel Anne Cusick

Vincent Tamayo Dente

Sarah Florin Dente

Nicholas Amedeo Dente