About

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“Sandra is a rare bird of contemporary art. She is exceptional in everything–timeless, ethereal, delicate, innocent and sensual at the same time, uncommonly original.   Her chords of color are of an unmatched refinement: A smorgasbord. Paganini on the violin.”

Angel Muriel 

artist statement

the circle

The images in my work evolve from an observation of our physical world and my internal thoughts. Archetypes, Icons and mythological figures share space with childlike scrawls, poetry and graphic images. Interwoven, these elements convey a multilayered content partnered on a scarred yet sensuous surface.
I paint, etch and draw both abstracted and figurative elements onto my panels. I like to combine techniques and play with materials which include: acrylic and oil paint, photographs, encaustic, sheetrock, objects from nature, glass, gold and silver leaf. My work evolves spontaneously and intuitively.
My paintings suggest a belief in the interconnection between all living things. I envision my work to communicate the paradox, the beauty and the mystery of life in its many layered complexities as well as in its most humble simplicity. Taken for granted in the enormity of a falling leaf, a spoken word, the transience of life.
My work explores the reflections of duality: the connection between the past and the present, the beauty and the mystery of existence, the fluctuation and the balance of never ending cycles.

education

1989     B.F.A. University of Illinois Chicago, IL
1983     Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

solo exhibitions

2016    Addington Gallery, Chicago Il
2015    Addington Gallery, Chicago, Il
2013    Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012    Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011     Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010    Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010    Green Home Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009   Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007    Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006    Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002    Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000    IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999     Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
1997     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1996     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1995     IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1993     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1992     Urbus Orbis, Chicago, IL
1992     Local Option, Chicago, IL
1991     Happy Delpech Gallery, Chicago, IL

group exhibitions

2016     Art Meets Philanthropy, Rick Farrell and Sandra Dawson, Chicago, IL                   2015     Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015     Landscape Show, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL  
2015      Stephen Daiter Gallery, Gimme Shelter, Chicago IL    
2014      Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, TN
2014      Material Witness: intimate encaustic and collage, Addington Gallery, Chicago,IL
2013      In a Perfect World, Beverly Arts Center, IL
2013      Hotel Intercontinental, Chicago, IL
2013      Three Queens Gallery, Oak Park IL
2013      Studio Gallery B, Three Oaks MI
2012      Addington Gallery, Chicago IL
2011       SOPA Fine Arts, British Columbia, CANADA
2010      Blue 8 Oak Park Library, Oak Park IL
2010      Rush Hospital print show, Oak Park IL
2010      SOPA Fine Arts, British Columbia, CANADA
2009     Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009     Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009     Abraham Lincoln Exhibit, The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, IL
2009     Blue 8+2, Chicago, IL
2009     Artrageous, Oak Park Main Library, Oak Park, IL
2009     Elaine Erickson Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008     Natural Order Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008     Byron Roche Gallery,Chicago, Il
2008     Blue8t2 Group Show, Oak Park, Il
2008     Abraham Lincoln Exhibit, Oak Park Library, Oak Park Il
2007     Small Wonders, Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007     Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2007     Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006     Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006     River Breeze Gallery, Aurora IL
2006     Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2006     Student and Teacher Exhibition, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
2006     Remembrance Show, Oak Park, IL
2006     Putting it all Together, The Art of Collage, Hinsdale Arts Center, IL
2005     Absolute Vision Show, Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005     Living Artists Show, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2004     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2004   10-Year Anniversary Show, Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2003     The glory of Books, The Oak Park Public Library, IL
2003     Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2002     Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2001     Around the Coyote IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000    Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000    Art Chicago at Navy Pier, San Francisco International Art Expo, CA
2000    Around the Coyote IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1999     Around the Coyote IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1998     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1998     The Back Room Exhibit, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1998     Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
1997     Around the Coyote, IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997     Art Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1997     Seattle International Art Exposition, Seattle, WA
1997     Those Who Do, Teach, Marwen Foundation Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996     Around the Coyote, IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996     Visions of Family: The 13th annual Festival of the Arts, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1996     To Each Her Own, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1996     Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995     Poetic Images, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
1995     IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995     Pulp Fiction, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1994     Transition II: A Look at Progress, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1994     IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993     IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993     Around the Coyote Studio Walk, Chicago, IL
1993     Salon D’Art, Chicago, IL
1993     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1992     World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992     Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1992     Woman the Creator, IDAO, Chicago, IL
1992     Layaway Show, Flatiron Building, Chicago, IL
1992     Around the Coyote Studio Walk, Chicago, IL
1992     China Club, Chicago, IL
1992     Sexual Politics, Three-two-One Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991     Happy Delpech Gallery, Chicago IL
1991     The Foreign Policy Show, Near Northwest Arts Council, Chicago, IL
1991     Around the Coyote Studio Walk, Chicago, IL
1991     Decade Opener, Urbus Orbis Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989     Dreams, NNWAC, Chicago, IL
1989     Open Walls Exhibit, Gallery 1633, Chicago, IL
1989     Landfall Press Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989     Art Expo, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
1989     Martyrs, Northside CafE Chicago, IL

art auctions and donations

2016     The Children’s School, Berwin, IL
2015     Stephen Daiter Gallery, Gimme Shelter, Chicago IL
2013     Artworks ADL, Chicago IL
2012     The Children’s School, Berwin, IL
2009    Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL
2009    Hephzibah, Chicago, IL
2009    Heartland Alliance, Chicago, IL
2002    Horizons for Youth, Chicago, IL
2000    Horizons for Youth, Chicago, IL
1995     Art Against Aids, sponsored by Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
1994     Art Against Aids, Chicago, IL
1993     Art Against Aids, Chicago, IL
1993     Target Choice, sponsored by Personal PAC, Chicago IL
1992     Art Against Aids, Chicago, IL
1992     Target Choice, Chicago, IL
1992     N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992     Happy Delpech Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991      N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991      Happy Delpech Gallery, Chicago, IL

awards and grants

1994     Community Arts Assistant Program Grant, Chicago, IL
1992     Recognition Award, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL
1991     Artwork Juried Selected for Around the Coyote Logo and Design
1989     Faculty Award presented at graduation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL