Dawn Williams Boyd’s artwork reflects her interests in American history - specifically as it affects and is affected by its African American citizens - women’s identity and sexuality, religious music and world politics. After more than 30 years successfully painting in oils and acrylics on various surfaces, in 2002 this prolific artist began to 'paint' with fabric instead of on it. Her large scale ‘cloth paintings’ are representative, packed with vibrant, often life sized figures and are strategically embellished with beads, sequins and cowry shells and hand embroidery. Most pieces take over 500 hours to complete. Through cutting, patching, surface enhancement and quilting, bits and pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling.
The daughter of Atlanta Public School teachers John and Narvie Hill Williams (Puls), Dawn was reared in the Mozley Park and Adamsville neighborhoods of Atlanta, GA. She attended local schools, graduating from St. Pius X Catholic High School in 1970. She received her BFA (studio) from Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1974.
Ms. Williams Boyd’s work has been seen in numerous one woman and group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2016: a trunk show at Hammonds House Museum as a featured artist at the Atlanta Quilt Festival in August, KUIBUKA, her one woman exhibit at Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA, late January and Womyn at Atlanta – Fulton Library, Mechanicsville Branch, Atlanta, GA in March, at Fiberart International at The Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburg, PA in May, and currently in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. In 2015: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge at the Muskegon (MI) Museum of Art, Expressions in Equality at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA and Meeting Roads and Liberty at the Foundation of the United States of America at Paris City University, in Paris, France. In 2014 she exhibited several pieces at Art & Spiritualite: Liberte in Angers, France, Themes of Black Identity at LH Horton Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. and Exhibiting Blackness at Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Dawn leads workshops with Atlanta area youth at public and private schools, libraries and art centers. She volunteers at Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art, Hammonds House Museum and Omenala Griot Museum and Event Center. She and her husband, artist Irvin Wheeler reside in southwest Atlanta, GA.
Dawn Williams Boyd www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com