Dawn Breeze


About the artist

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Dawn Breeze is a creativity advocate, change agent, and internationally awarded interdisciplinary artist based in Germantown, NY. Ongoing social projects include Instar Lodge, the non-for-profit arts space she founded and directs in Germantown, NY; Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)story, a mapping odyssey at Olana State Historic Site; and her creativity curriculum, Creativity + Courage™, a series of participatory workshops throughout New England for institutions, corporations, and recovery programs. Breeze is committed to building community around creativity.

Breeze's personal creative practice includes: writing, teaching, place based research and making.


MFA   Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, 2017

           Socially Engaged Art, Art Education, Creative Non-Fiction, Interdisciplinary Studio

Social Art Projects


Roving Confessional, HRE, Hudson, NY June

Call Hope, NY, VT, MA, September Gallery, Hudson, NY, January

Wayfinding: Imaging History With (Our)Story, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY October 2016-Ocober 2017

Wildflower, Germantown, NY October
The Art of Worth, Web, Hudson River Exchange Hudson,NY, June Germantown, NY, July Plainfield, VT July

Solo Exhibitions

Eylenda, Tashmoo Waterworks Building, Martha's Vineyard, MA, September

plant Magic dust, artSpace, Germantown NY, May

Enough, McDaris Fine art, Hudson NY

Finding Joy: Paintings 2009-2010, Gallery 135, Hudson NY

Dawn Breeze: Paintings, Mix, Hudson NY, October

Dawn Breeze: Recent Paintings, The White Gallery, Lakeville, CT, August

Group Exhibitions


Taconic North, Labspace, Hillsdale, NY April

Nasty Women, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, February

Post Election, September Gallery, Hudson, NY January

Girls In Trees, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, October
Time and Again, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, August

To Be Everything, The Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Trust, New Milford, CT, August-October
Exquisite, LABspace, HIllsdale, NY, August

Your Spirit Don't Leave Knowing, presented by Jessica Jane at Switch Factory, Bantam CT, May
THE LAST BRUCENNIAL, presented by Vito Schnabel & The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY, March-April

Common Denominator, Tremaine Gallery, Hotckiss, Lakeville, CT, September
Of Light and Dark: Five Artists Working in Contrast, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, April

Under 40, curated by Greg Slick, Woodstock Art Museum, Woodstock NY, November

65 N., Baer Art Center, Hosfos, Iceland, August
IsolaPoesia, Catania & Modica, Italy, August
GAF, Tecnica Mista, Scicli, Italy, June

Re-Institute, Millerton, NY, June

ARTSWALK, CCCA (Cannonball Factory), Hudson NY, October
Take me to the River, Quadricentennial Exhibit, Stuyvesant NY, September (Juried)
Riders Mills Fence Show, North Chatham NY, September (Juried)
Summer Hot, CCCA, Hudson NY, June (Juried)
Art at Grasmere, Rhinebeck NY, June (Juried)
NYFA MARK Artists, Hudson Opera House, Hudson NY, February (Juried)

Landscapes, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, October
Local Color, Artspace, Germantown NY, November
Hudson River Landscapes, CCCA, Hudson NY, June (Juried)
NYFA MARK Artists Presentation, Exit Art, New York NY, June
Select Studio Tour, Artscape, Hudson Valley NY, June (Juried)

Contemporary Landscape, GC Gallery, South Hampton, NY, May
Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA, July
Why Are We Here?, CCCA ARTSWALK (Cannonball Factory), Hudson NY, Septemberr
ARTSWALK, CCCA (Pocketbook Factory), Hudson NY, September

Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA, August
Postcards, CCCA, Hudson NY, October (Juried)

Encaustics and Abstracts, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, May
In the Nude, CCCA, Hudson NY, June (Juried)


Act. I, co-organzied with Kristen Dodge of September Gallery, for Rally in The Valley, at Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY 2017

Tabitha, Artists: Ruby Palmer, Lauren Luloff, Meg Lipke, Alison Fox, at Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY 2016

Time and Again, Artists: Melora Kuhn, William Stone, Jersey Walz, Dawn Breeze, Nancy Barber, Michael Eudy, Stephen Reynolds, Pamela J. Wallace, Dana Gentile, Valerie Shaff and Artseeds—children from the Throwing Seeds arts class, at Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY 2016


Homeschool, Claremont, CA 2017

Good Work Institute Fellowship, Hudson Valley Bio-Region, 2016

BAER, Iceland, May 2015    

BAER, Iceland, August 2011

NYFA Mark Fellowship, Hudson, NY January - June 2008
Haystack, Deer Isle, ME September 2007


Spirit of Goddard Scholarship 2017

Individual Artist Award a de-centralization grant from the New York State Council on the Arts 2016 administrated through the Green County Council on the Arts 2016

Massachusetts Arts & Culture Award 2015

Spirit of Goddard Scholarship 2015

NYFA SOS Grant, 2011The Peoples Choice Award for best experimental short (Running Still), The Masters On Main St. Film Festival, 2012Festival, 2012

The Peoples Choice Award for best experimental short (Running Still), The Masters On Main St. Film Festival, 2012

Linda Arnoud Individual Artist Award 2010

Grant Panelist

Columbia & Greene County Council on The Arts Individual Arts Award, 2015

Columbia & Greene County Council on The Arts, Community Arts Awards 2014

Columbia & Greene County Council on The Arts, Community Arts Awards 2010



Athens Laundry Volume III, “untitled” (Poetry), Athen’s Laundry, Spring 2017

Suicide Imprint, “Don’t Ask Me How My Sister Died”, (essay) MCPress, Summer 2016

Girls In Trees, “The Giving Tree”, (Story), Instar Lodge Publications, Fall 2016

            Creative Nonfiction and Essays

Huffington Post, “Don’t Ask Me How My Sister Died”, Fall 2016

Thrive, “The Disease of More”, Fall 2016

           Articles, Interviews and Journalism

LEX*I*CON, “Key’s to the Heart: A Love Story Between Two Players and a Piano”, Spring 2017

LEX*I*CON, “Creating More Time: Sonia Corina Ruscoe”, Spring 2017


2017-Present: Good Work Institute, working as a facilitator and coach Hudson Valley Entrepreneurs and Change-makers selected as fellows in Hudson, NY

2016-Present: Founder/ CEO of Instar Lodge, a fiscally sponsored nfp community arts organization, which offers artist residencies, workshops, exhibits, readings, concerts, creative education with partnering organizations and produces publications online and print in Germantown, NY

Teaching Experience

2017: Creativity=Capital, designed and led unique adult workshop for Hudson River Exchange

2016: Wholeness and Integrity, designed and led unique adult workshop for Good Work Institute

2016: Wildlings, designed and led eight-week advanced children’s art workshop for Instar Lodge

2016-Present: Tailspinning: Co-designed and lead adult creative writing workshop

2015: Courage to Begin: Design and led adult creativity workshop, Waterworks, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

2015-2017: Arts Director at The Liberi School: Design and lead unique k-8 weekly studio and integrated/interdisiciplinary arts program. Liberi School, Hudson, NY

2012-Present: Creativity & Courage™ workshops, design and facilitated unique weekly workshops, Clients include: Etsy, Hudson NY Highwatch Recovery Center, Kent, CT, Instar Lodge. Germantown, NY, Private clients throughout New England.

2012: Creative Goal Mapping: Design and led unique adult workshop for Escape To Shape

Professional Presentations

DIY Modes of Navigating the Art World at Labspace, Hillsdale, NY, 2017

How Can We Help Eachother/New Modes of Artist Networking, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, February, 2017 and July 2016

Art Talks, Morton Library,  Rhinecliff, NY October 2016

Art & Spirituality in Practice, First Presberterian Church, Hudson, NY May 2015

Creativity is Mankinds Greatest Natural Resource, Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, NY 2014

Artist Presentation, Incubator, Hudson, NY November 2013


LEX*I*CON I. Instar lodge, Germantown, NY, February, 2017

Suicide Imprint, Readings Included: Mid-Hudson Valley Mental Health Association, Kingston, NY July, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, September,  The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY August 2016

Girls In Trees, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY October 2016

Select Press

Girls In Trees (In Art and Literature) Dec. 2016 lithub

A Vibrant Upstate NY Town, NY Times

The Approval Matrix, November 2016  NY Magazine,

IG October, 2016 NY Times Style Magazine

Plant Magic dust, IMBY.com, May, 2014
Light as Breeze November 2012 Woodstock Times,

WORK interview March 2012 WGXC radio

When Life Touches Down April, 2010 Chronogram Magazine