BIOGRAPHY / RESUME
Dayna Peterson Mason Gregg was raised in a very small town in the Midwest (Battle Ground, Indiana-then a population of 806). Though several of her six siblings had attended a few college level classes, she was the first in her immediate family to complete a college education. She began her college education at Anderson University in 1970 and soon transferred to Purdue University where she eventually graduated with her Masters of Art in painting and drawing in 1978. As a graduate student she received generous scholarship support and held the position of ‘instructor of record’ in a number of introductory classes. It was there that she became a teacher and discovered that the role of an educator was not only creative, but fulfilling. Though often remarkably challenging, she found the student interaction quite motivating, unusually inspirational, and intellectually stimulating. She continued as an art instructor at Mesa Community College in the Phoenix area, and eventually settled at Riverside City College in 1989.
Professor Gregg has served in many capacities at Riverside City College. She was formerly the Art Department Chairperson and is currently the Department’s Academic Senator. She continues to instruct studio art classes (primarily drawing, painting, and figure composition). As the Art Club advisor for over a decade, she was instrumental in developing numerous scholarships, guest artist workshops, field trips, and various publications. She expanded video and library holdings, initiated curriculum, developed certificates, and organized gallery exhibitions. She was honored as an outstanding educator in "Who’s Who Among America’s Educators". Additionally, she has led a number of study abroad programs in Oxford, England (1995), and Florence, Italy (1997, 2003 and 2009) wherein where in students are able to live and study art for an entire semester in a new and stimulating cultural settings.
|Professor Gregg continues to develop and exhibit her work (painting, drawing, photography, digital prints). Recently she memorialized her father’s capture and internment during World War II as an American P.O.W. with an exhibition of paintings and a publication entitled Dad’s Story, Robert Thor Peterson, WWII - MIA, POW. A year later the book was translated into German and incorporated into a larger publication, combining Peterson’s memories with that of Austrian, Roman Hojka. Mr. Hojka, then just a boy, witnessed the air strike and the subsequent destruction of Peterson’s plane. Americans had inadvertently bombed Hojka’s village during a mission that was intended to destroy a munitions factory where Hojka’s father worked. As a result of the research the two met in 1999.
"Surrender" (POW series)
Additionally, Professor Gregg has worked for the past 20 years as a composite artist for various law enforcement agencies during which she has been involved in numerous high profile cases (William Suff serial murder case, German Tourist murder, Dana Sue Gray, American Journal, etc.). Interviewed for the television series, The New Detectives, Gregg reviewed how her work was instrumental in the investigation and arrest of convicted female serial killer, Dana Sue Gray, whose story is also explored in the book, To Die For, by Kathy Braidhill. The book also includes a visual of the composite drawing used in the investigation.
Mrs. Gregg continues to exhibit her work (painting & photography). Her paintings are typically figurative and personal. Her photographic works are often digitally enhanced, manipulated, collaged, or altered to form the final piece. Much of the subject matter includes imagery from her own family history, her adult children and grandchildren, or her travels both here and abroad.
She continues to celebrate her student’s accomplishments and success as many have gone on to numerous and prestigious educational institutions and exciting careers in the arts. She states, “That I have a mission and a responsibility to make a contribution to someone else’s experience and success is what keeps me striving to be better at what I do. Sounds trite, but I like thinking I might actually make a meaningful mark on one individual at a time.”
"On My Way Home"