Dawn Samuelson's love of art began at a young age. Avidly drawing and painting during her youth, she began exploring different media. In 1994 she received a merit scholarship to the early college program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Influenced by the German Expressionists and Post-Expressionists, Dawn returned to Seattle and began an intense study into color and abstraction.

In 1992 Dawn became a National Commended Merit Scholar Arts Division, Presidential Scholar, and Mercer Island Visual Arts league Scholarship recipient. Eventually returning to The School of the Art Institute on Merit Scholarship, Dawn found the appeal and freedom of abstraction had a firm and lasting hold on her. Prompted by a recommendation she enrolled in a Neon course and was introduced to the use of light. The raw energy and pure color that neon allowed access to proved inspiring. Beginning to integrate painting with light in 1994, Dawn began a process that continues to be expanded upon within her work today.



Dive, 2005
Acrylic on silk with neon
60" x 34"


Dawn has shown in Chicago, New York, Florida, and Washington. Some of her shows include: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Admissions Office, The Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University, Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago;Imperfect Fluids Gallery Chicago; Daniel Smith Gallery WA; SOIL Gallery WA; Stage Gallery NY; Lindenberg Gallery NY; and Art Fusion Gallery FL.

Participating in the group show "Art at the Millennium" at the Stage Gallery in January 2000, Dawn's work received recognition in the New York Times. The reviewer stated "Dawn Samuelson's circular painting is backlit with neon in a way that enhances its organic images- they look like underwater algae and seem to be in continuous motion."

In 1999 Dawn received a Merit Scholarship to Dale Chihuly's Pilchuck Glass School. Already interested in glass as a way to further explore the use of light, Pilchuck facilities offered many opportunities for expansion into new media. At this time collaboration began between Dawn Samuelson and J. Walker Dodson, a Seattle based glass and metal artist. Their collaborative work integrates Painting, Glass, Metal, and Neon in a sculptural context. Their work has begun exhibiting nationally.

Currently Dawn Samuelson works bicoastaly between Seattle and New York City. She also works on collaborative projects around the country. Her work is ideal for corporate commissions and public spaces. The illuminated quality of the pieces creates a meditative ambiance and enhances surrounding environments in a calming and meditative manner.