Dennis French is a retired university art professor, artist, designer/craftsman. He has a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was program director of the jewelry-metalsmithing discipline at Illinois State University for 27 years and retired in 2008. His work is found in many private and public collections and since retirement he has focused mainly in the design and crafting of functional work with a materials emphasis in wood. He lives and works in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.