Dawn Southworth's mixed media works on paper and wood have earned this artist fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in each of the disciplines of Painting and Drawing. In addition, Southworth's installations and constructed objects have been awarded the prestigious NEA/NEFA Fellowship in the category of sculpture. Most recently Dawn received the The Berkshire Taconic Foundation's Artist Resource Trust Award.
Dawn's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions nationally, at galleries and museums, including: the Maguerite Oestreicher Gallery in New Orleans; the James Gallery in Houston, TX; Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York City; and regionally at Clark Gallery and the Addison Gallery of American Art.
Her work is represented in many public and private collections including: the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Boston Public Library, Fidelity Management and Research, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, and the Cape Ann Museum.
Under the auspices of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Dawn has conducted numerous Artist-In-Residency Programs for schools throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, Dawn continues to work with children as the grade 2-8 art teacher at the Glen Urquhart School in Beverly.
To make her mixed media constructions Dawn Southworth employs a variety of materials and processes. Dawn joins fleeting scraps of cloth, wood, paper and metal into cohesive indicators of both a natural world and human presence. An inventory list of objects in her studio would include: battered fabrics, burnt ironing board covers, linen napkins, thread, thrift store paintings, anonymous photographs, ceramic shards, scrap metal and vines. She selects and organizes materials, surfaces, colors, and spatial patterns into a new and highly charged personal imagery.
Southworth awakens our sensibilities to the immense collision of values, forms and effects derived from simple things discovered in our most familiar places. Shared among the objects Southworth assembles is a history of human labor and endeavor. Common things that fingers have plied or carressed. Southworth provides a continuim by faithfully working her materials with obsessive and repetitive methods such as stitching, cobbling, and assorted fastening techniques along with repeated tearing, cutting, burning and piercing.