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About Dawn Youngs
Dawn Youngs was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1973. She began painting and performing at a young age, studying visual and performing arts as a youth at The Beck Center for the Arts and The Cleveland Museum of Art. She won honors in many juried shows throughout this time, and was honored to have one of her pieces in an exhibit of young American artists that showed in the US Embassy in the Soviet Union.
Dawn received her BA in Performing Arts from the American University in Washington DC and was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She went on to work at theaters across the country including The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare, The Creede Repertory Theater, and The Great Lakes Theater Festival, among others. In the mid-2000s she returned to the home of her early artistic life to serve as the Associate Director of Education: Theater at the Beck Center for the Arts. Although she had continued to paint throughout her theatrical career, it was at this point that her interest in exhibiting her work was rekindled. Although her earlier work is predominately in water color and guache, at this time she moved to oil and continues to work in that medium.
In 2009, along with her partner Kurt Hildebrand, Dawn moved to a small ranch in the Texas Hill Country, and founded Spooky Action Ranch. Spooky Action Ranch is an experiment in sustainable living with the goal of getting off the commercial grid for all food, water and energy needs and providing sustainable retreat space for artist’s to truly reconnect with the earth and its creative spirit. Dawn’s work reflect this deep connection to the natural world, with recurrent themes of the earth, plant life, a worship of the sun.
In the late spring of 2014, Dawn will open her first solo exhibit at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. This exhibit, entitled Gross | A Life In Pieces was created working under the constraint of only working on 4” x 4” canvases. 144 such canvases, in oil, will be on display in this exhibit.Read More
Recent Blog Posts
September 2, 2016 |
Through a serious of serendipitous circumstances, I had the honor to speak about my life and work at Spooky Action Ranch at Voice & Exit its very first year.
July 28, 2015 |
One of my recent works, Lady w/cat, has been accepted for exhibition in the current Wimberley Valley Art League show. I am delighted to have the work showing in the gallery at the Wimberley Community Center among many other fine artists.
February 5, 2015 |
A review of Mary Helen Specht’s debut novel Migratory Animals.