N@N – Dawn Saunders Dahl: Artist, Connector, Maker

N@N – Dawn Saunders Dahl: Artist, Connector, Maker

October 26, 2023 12:00 pm

Event Details

This presentation is about Dawn Saunders Dahl’s experiences developing public art projects, programs and events while maintaining a visual arts studio practice.

Dawn is a practicing artist, currently based out of Canmore, Alberta in STUDIO 209. Since 2007, she has been creating artwork based on farming, geneology, community and identity. Dawn’s family origins are British, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, French and Métis (Red River Ojibway) and she is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Dawn attended Red Deer College and has two BFA degrees in Painting and Ceramics from University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) in Calgary. She started her administration work in art school, volunteering for Untitled Art Society (now the Bows) in Calgary until 2006. She developed The Works Art & Design Festivals’ Indigenous Art Program in 2008 and contributed to the public art department at the Edmonton Arts Council from 2012-15. Dawn currently works at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Galerie Cite at La Cite Francophone in Edmonton and is the Curator of Indigenous Public Art for the Ottawa Public Library and National Library and Archives Joint Facility (opening in 2026). She is also a board member at the Alberta Craft Council and the Canadian Crafts Federation as the Alberta representative. She is also in the development stages of creating Listen Studios and Retreats, as well as contributing to the development of CanmoreLand – a not for profit community land trust in Canmore, Alberta.

Presented in person in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary

Always free!

Dawn Saunders Dahl, Camrose Watercolour, 2018, Courtesy the artist.


Dawn Saunders Dahl, self portrait. 2021, Courtesy the artist.