Dean is a studio artist working with portrait sculpture and the figure with glass. His studio is in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his Master of Art, Visual Arts in glass from The Australian National University in Caberra in 2010, and a B.S. in Studio Arts from Illinois State University in 2001. Dean has worked at The Northlands Creative Glass Center in Scotland, The Canberra Glass Works in Australia, Chicago Hot Glass, and the Pilchuck Glass School. He has taught at The Penland School of Crafts, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Bullseye Glass Factory (Portland, OR) and The Glass Furnace in Instanbul, Turkey. Public Collections include The Muskegon Museum of Art; The Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art; Hinson Art Museum; and The Imagine Museum.