Dawn Kramlich

Installation/Sculpture & 3D

Contact Information

e-mail: Dawn Kramlich
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Artist Statement

My impetus for working is the notion that communicative digital technology – Internet, cell phones, social media – changes our brains’ methods of processing information, consequently changing both our means of communicating and the ways we use language within our cultural milieu. Computer-mediated communication is simultaneously both the theater and death of language; language experiences globalization because of the Internet, but there is always something lost in translation.

I find that our minds, information resources, and language itself, are turning into palimpsests – numerous stratum of fragmented language, whether visual or verbal, never fully procurable due to dense histories of rapidly scanned information and cultural appropriation. As a ‘wordsmith’, I employ repetition, layering and text-specificity in sculptures and installations to examine the moments when language fails to accomplish one of its base claims, clarification. Valuing quantity and instant gratification over quality and details causes this slippage of language, resulting in fragmented vagueness that caters to miscommunication and cleaved multiplicities of the self. The interstices of meaning are lost or ignored. Language is a shape-shifter; each consecutive participant’s perception molds it anew, and I deconstruct moments of communication or miscommunication by simultaneously drawing attention to such interstices and using them as a metaphor for each subjective’s multiple modes of existence.


Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Studio Art, Summa Cum Laude

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
BA, English/Art double major, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Exhibitions

Don’t Stop Me Now, Call for Bushwick, 195 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Jurors: Sandro Bosi, Jeanne Brasile, Colin Thomas Darke, Benjamin Krause, & John Seed

Second Language, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, awarded honorable mention,
Juror: Dr. J. Susan Isaacs

Drawing On and On, Wilson Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

tXtMe, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, Juror: Leisa Austin

Small Works IV, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gilding Fissures: Variations on Existence, The Neighborhood House, Philadelphia, PA
Collaboration with Laura Bernstein and Yvonne Love

Databody, Wilson Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Penn State Abington College, Abington, PA

The Symbiotic Relationship, Montgomery County Community College Art Gallery, Blue Bell, PA

Dialogic, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid at the Vestibule, Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA

NASAD Qualifying Review, Widener Memorial Foundation Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Extravaganza, Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Starting Journeys, Art Space Lansdowne, Lansdowne, PA

Moore College Group Show, Studios at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland

MFA Sneak Peek, Wilson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
Juror: Edwin Ramoran

JAG Fine Art Recent Works, McElree Law Firm, Kennet Square, PA

Dawn Kramlich: Recent Works, Higher Grounds Café, Philadelphia, PA

Senior Art Exhibition, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Hand Picked, Ken Jones Jr. Fine Art, Easton, PA

Group Show: Recent Works, JAG Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Curated

Art Extravaganza, Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Senior Art Thesis Exhibition, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

The Blake Gallery, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor, Drawing 1&2, The Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Lecturer, Art and Art History, Penn State University, Abington Campus, Abington, PA

Teaching Assistantship, Painting 1, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Assistant Instructor, Family Jams program, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Juror for Design I, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2 year Studio Art Fellowship, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

4 year President’s Merit Scholarship, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


Artist in Residence, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

Lectures and Talks

Guest Artist Lecturer, Senior Studio Seminar, Fall semester, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


Schwartz, Chip “Small but mighty artworks round out 2015 for Philadelphia Sculpture Gym,” Knight Blog, December 11, 2015, web

“Five Philly Art Shows to See in June,” Philly Voice, June 9, 2015, web

“The Written Word”, CODAmagazine, February 2015 issue, online magazine

InLiquid Artist Profile: Dawn Kramlich“, Flying Kite Media, November 4, 2014

THE Magazine, March 2014 issue, online publication

Benefit V. 14 Stand-Out Taste Artist: Dawn Kramlich,” The InLiquid Blog, January 28, 2014

Book of Burren, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Muses: annual art/literary magazine, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA



Images copyright © Dawn Kramlich

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