Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Dawn Black

Baton Rouge, LA
March - May, 2012

Dawn Black's gouache, watercolor and ink paintings examine the practice of masquerade and its role in relation to conceptions of identity and power. The figures in her work are selected from various sources, societies and time periods and are composed to create a tableaux influenced by the ideas of James Hillman, Joseph Campbell, and mythmaking in general. Her work does not illustrate any specific myth but seeks to provoke critical thought regarding current attitudes and conflicts within the terms of universal stories.

Dawn Black was born in Louisiana and received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She earned both MA and MFA, specializing in Painting and Sculpture, from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. In 2000, she spent the summer exploring Venice, Italy while making prints at Scoula di Graphica, a printmaking studio on the Grand Canal. She has had solo exhibitions at Curator’s Office, Washington DC, Kunstoffice, Berlin, Germany and Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably: School 33 (Baltimore, MD), Morehead State University (Morehead, KY), Florida State University Museum of Art (Tallahassee, FL), Reynolds Gallery at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), Sanchez Art Center (Pacifica, CA), City College Art Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Upstate Artists Guild (Albany, NY), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Shaw Center for the Arts (Baton Rouge, LA), Gallery 119 (Chicago, IL), and University of Iowa Museum of Art (Iowa City, IA). Her work has been recently reviewed by the Washington Post, Art Papers magazine, and online at and is in various private collections, notably the Zacharius collection. The artist lives and works in Baton Rouge, LA.

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