I have a deep interest in place, genealogy, and reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous communities.
Many years of professional arts administration have allowed me generate out of the box ideas, with the goal of exploring powerful and potentially healing intersections between art, artists, and the community.
When in the studio, my personal practice encompasses a variety of diverse expressions, including drawn and painted portraits, landscapes, abstractions on paper, canvas, wood and clay.
Public Art Projects
Photo Credit: One Day / © Jason Botkin
Dawn has been very fortunate to be employed by organizations that have afforded her opportunities to expand project ideas, proving to be mutually beneficial for her, the organizations and the community. Director of The Works Art & Design Festival for 6 years, she oversaw a huge amount of public art, exhibit and event processes. At the Edmonton Arts Council she developed new programs including artist workshops/talks, the Street Art Pilot project and the Indigenous Art Park project. At the Town of Canmore, she developed new programs including the Bow Valley Mural project, where she developed a new relationship within the Stoney Nakoda nation. She continues to work with Indigenous nations in her new role as Associate Director at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Lana Whiskeyjack/ Beth Wishart MacKenzie
In 2013, Dawn began her role as curator at Galerie Cite, where she continues to develop workshops and exhibitions. She also has developed other exhibits and projects that enhanced new relationships between settlers and Indigenous communities.
My artworks reflect the fleeting nature of our personal and collective history. Since 2007 I have been researching farms, food production, taking photographs, painting portraits and landscapes, collecting dirt and compiling sound interview/video work to create discussion and awareness around issues of farming, community, identity, and culture. My personal practice encompasses a variety of diverse expressions including drawn and painted portraits, landscapes, abstractions on paper, canvas, wood and clay, as well as photography, video and sound recordings.