Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin,
Tennessee. The opportunity to paint “en plein air” with colleagues in the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast adds richness and honesty to her studio work. Most of her formal instruction comes from continuing study with New York painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada and California and she is also on the faculty for Plein Air South. For over 25 years she taught painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. She continues to teach throughout the country by conducting workshops in oil painting principles and drawing. Dawn received 2nd place awards in the Door County Plein Air Festival in both 2014 and 2015. In recent years, she has won awards in The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out and in Plein Air Richmond.
Other Awards include:
American Art Collector’s Master Award of Excellence AIS Annual Juried Exhibition 2017
Master’s Award of Excellence AIS Small Works Showcase 2017
Award of Excellence AIS National Exhibition 2016
Award of Merit, AIS National Exhibition, 2015
2nd Place, Pastel/Dry Medium: Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait International, 2007
Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Regional Show, 2002
Best of Show Award, International Portrait Competition, 2001
Avalon Award for Creative Excellence - Awarded by Lipscomb University, 1997
In 2012, 2013, and 2015, Plein Air Magazine included her work in feature articles. The American Impressionist Society elected her to Master status in 2016. Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to exhibit in “ Inspiring Figures” at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. She recently had one of her portrait paintings accepted into the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art museum. She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters.
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