Cerny Chosen as University Artist in Residence

Written by Laura Paskin
September 29, 2016

Dawn Cerny, artist and educator, joins the Art and Art History Department as the Seattle University Visiting Artist in Residence (SUVAIR). The six-month residency, made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, fosters a unique environment for artists and students to interact and engage in the artistic process.

“Cerny works across a variety of media including printmaking, collage, sculpture, and photography,” said Art and Art History Chair Naomi Hume. “She is interested in breaking down boundaries between art and everyday life, asking how familiar and surprising objects, along with a little humor, can bridge that divide. She wants students to be able to see and take part in the messy process that will ultimately culminate in the SUVAIR exhibition, opening in January 2017.”

Cerny received her MFA in Sculpture at the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College and works across the disciplines including drawing, photography, publication and time-based media. She has received a Washington State Artist Fellowship, Betty Bowen Special recognition award, and The Behnke Foundation Brink Award. Cerny has exhibited at galleries throughout the United States and in British Columbia.

The Seattle University Visiting Artist in Residence program was formed to facilitate research and support for artists in their creative process. The residency provides artists with the valuable resources of time and space for open-ended investigation, experimentation, and collaboration and push the boundaries of their own practice. The program promotes new approaches to arts education, fosters community building, and provides a catalyst for social change.