Recognized as one of the finest painters in America, Mitchell has been awarded almost every major painting award in the country. His images "retain the essence of time and the true meaning of life." Dean Mitchell has been called a "Virtual modern-day Vermeer," by New York Times art critic, Michael Kimmelman. He has also been named a "Best Bet" for collectors in ARTnews by R. Crosby Kemper Jr., founder of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Among his notable recognitions is the Arts for the Parks 1999 Juried Exhibition $50,000 Grand Prize and the American Watercolor Society 131st Annual International Exhibition AWS Gold Medal. His paintings can be found in such museum collections as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, St. Louis Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Hubbard Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art and the Arkansas Art Center.