Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Jessica Dawson

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Jessica Dawson is a New York City-based art critic and the founding curator of dOGUMENTA, America’s first art show for dogs. She was the Washington Post’s Galleries critic from 2000-2011 and contributed regularly to the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and Art in America. Jessica has also held staff positions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Architecture magazine. From 2011 to 2014 she was a visiting professor for UCLA where she taught courses in art history, urbanism, and museum studies. She received her B.A. in art and architectural history from Barnard College and her M.A. in art history from George Washington University. At MacDowell, she worked on her forthcoming memoir about growing up in a white supremacist family.



Jessica Dawson worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for the first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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