About the artist

Dawn Breeze grew up on Martha's Vineyard. Before embarking upon her career as a fine artist, she enjoyed a series of successes in the world of NYC fashion. Her talent as a fashion stylist landed her work in the pages of top magazines and on television shows -- including an appearance on Good Morning America where she presented her handpicked fall fashion preview. Breeze's passion for color, texture and beauty led her to upstate New York, where she opened her own boutique in the culturally rich town of Hudson. Blame the expansive sky...maybe even the ghosts of the famed Hudson River Artists, but Breeze was soon inspired to walk away from the world of fashion in order to focus on her artistic practice more fully.

Breeze works with a wide variety of mediums and materials including: natural and found objects, clothing, dirt, photographs, paint, video and performance. A committed Process Artist, her intuitive approach allows her to collaborate with chance and flow freely between artistic mediums and disciplines. Breeze's most recent work was informed by the transformative experiences of giving birth for the first time, and the sudden death of her sister. A curiosity about the connecting points in the eternal life cycle and the depths of love propelled her into new creative territory. The push-pull of impermanence, imperfection and interconnectedness are prevalent themes. The resulting work was showcased in glowingly reviewed solo shows at Gallery 135, Mcdaris Fine Art, and ArtSpace in Germantown, NY.

In 2008, Breeze was selected to participate in the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK Fellowship Program. In 2009, she was the honoree of the Linda Arnaud Individual Artist grant, awarded annually to one shining artist in Columbia County. In 2011 and 2014, Breeze was offered a highly competitive international residency to BAER in Iceland, as well as a NYFA SOS grant. A solo show of the work created while in Iceland was exhibited in 2012 at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.

After Breeze’s sister passed, she realized she wanted to work directly with people, helping them find a path towards authenticity and self-value. Breeze recognized that her process as an artist could be translated in to a creative method of authentic-self recovery. This desire and belief led her to design and develop Creativity & Courage, a creative arts learning program. In her words, "This workshop series is about the art of creating courage, the heartwork that leads to authentic expression and living”.

These creative arts workshops use visual language as a tool for deeper self-understanding, building new communication skills, and developing personal life concepts. The Creativity & Courage emphasis is on creative process rather then product. Breeze says that most people walk in to her class terrified they don’t belong because they are no good at creating -- an idea, misplaced in their minds, which became a core negative belief. What they find in her class is that everyone possesses the innate gift of creativity and that their unique perspective and expression are of great value in this life. Breeze currently leads her weekly creative arts workshops at Highwatch Recovery Center in Kent, CT. Breeze leads corporate Creativity & Courage workshops for senior management at Etsy, the leading global online company with over 600 employees. Breeze also runs her popular Creativity & Courage workshops in Hudson, NY. A schedule and more information can be found on her website at www.creativityandcourage.com.


Education

MFA   Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, 2017

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

Social Art Projects

2017

Roving Confessional, HRE, Hudson, NY June

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

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

2015
Wildflower, Germantown, NY October
The Art of Worth, Web, Hudson River Exchange Hudson,NY, June Germantown, NY, July Plainfield, VT July

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Eylenda, Tashmoo Waterworks Building, Martha's Vineyard, MA, September

2014
plant Magic dust, artSpace, Germantown NY, May

2012
Enough, McDaris Fine art, Hudson NY

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

2009
Dawn Breeze: Paintings, Mix, Hudson NY, October

2007
Dawn Breeze: Recent Paintings, The White Gallery, Lakeville, CT, August

Group Exhibitions

2017

Taconic North, Labspace, Hillsdale, NY April

Nasty Women, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, February

Post Election, September Gallery, Hudson, NY January

2016
Girls In Trees, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, October
Time and Again, Instar Lodge, Germantown, NY, August

2015
To Be Everything, The Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Trust, New Milford, CT, August-October
Exquisite, LABspace, HIllsdale, NY, August

2014
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

2013
Common Denominator, Tremaine Gallery, Hotckiss, Lakeville, CT, September
Of Light and Dark: Five Artists Working in Contrast, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, April

2012
Under 40, curated by Greg Slick, Woodstock Art Museum, Woodstock NY, November

2011
65 N., Baer Art Center, Hosfos, Iceland, August
IsolaPoesia, Catania & Modica, Italy, August
GAF, Tecnica Mista, Scicli, Italy, June

2010
Re-Institute, Millerton, NY, June

2009
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)

2008
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)

2007
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

2006
Belushi Pisano Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA, August
Postcards, CCCA, Hudson NY, October (Juried)

2004
Encaustics and Abstracts, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, May
In the Nude, CCCA, Hudson NY, June (Juried)

Curation

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

Residencies/Fellowships

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

Awards

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

Publications

            Anthologies

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

Leadership

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

Appearances/Readings

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