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Dawn Cerny

Seattle, Washington

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Dawn Cerny

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Dawn Cerny was born in Carpinteria, CA, and lives in Seattle, WA. She received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2002) and an MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (2012). Cerny has been the recipient of two Washington State Artist Fellowships, the 2020 Betty Bowen Award, and the 2022 Bonnie Bronson Visual Arts Fellowship. Cerny’s sculptures and works on paper are held in public collections, including The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, The Portland Art Museum, and The Seattle Art Museum. Her exhibitions and work have been written about in Artforum, Bomb Magazine, the International Sculpture Center Blog, The Stranger, and The Seattle Times. Cerny is currently an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2022

Website / Social Links

My current body of sculpture starts with the idea that ‘furniture’ and ‘mother’ are figures that secure a value (to others) for their potential to hold, display, or be absent-mindedly left with things. Putting form and color to work and entrusting no small part to contingency, these works behave as something like gestural understudies for a play about the day-to-day grinding weariness and joyful slapstick absurdity of human relationship—about trying to Work It Out…or not.”