Art Gallery 2018

Dawn Bowman

“You have to look at things from the inside out to capture the essence of something”, is the vision posted on the Dawn Bowman Design website, a pearl of wisdom that the artist (maybe even unknowingly) has applied to so many areas of her life, not only design.”

Quote from KJ Philip, managing editor, Echo Magazine.

As a Phoenix native, Dawn Bowman has always been drawn to the arts – from theater and painting to music and design – She was a 4-Star Thespian in Theatre Arts at Cactus High School, which led to her winning the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Promising Young Artist Award. She was also awarded The Regent Art Scholarship from The University of Arizona where she studied Fine Art and Illustration.

Her career began in Set Design and Prop Construction where she built large-scale props for special events and productions for companies such as John Cline Art Gallery, APS City of Phoenix and many private and commercial Special Events.

In the year 2000 she continued to start her own decorative painting business, Dawn Bowman Design and has been in business for 17 years. Focusing on interior custom painting, architectural plasters, decorative finishes, restoration finishes and murals. She has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, Arizona Foothills Magazine and The Arizona Republic for her work in interior design and painting.

She is very active in the community of Phoenix, Arizona and has 17 years of volunteerism with the Phoenix Pride Festival, Rainbows Festival, Desperado Film Festival, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, American Red Cross, the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and Central Arizona Shelter Services. She was recently honored by Echo Magazine and inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame for her volunteer work in the arts.

“Art is expression and art speaks loudly without words,” she said. “It is a voice. Especially for the youth! To be out and create, or out and receive the message of arts expression – community art is truly the most expressive – (means) leaving your mark. It’s saying, yes, I’m here now!”

Her commitment to community art drew her to participate in the Juried Great Mural Competition in Tucson, Arizona in 2011.

Since 2010 she has been involved with the Desperado LGBT Film Festival. She initially became involved as an entertainer for the opening reception, she was later asked to bring art and entertainment to the growing event and over the years she has been involved with coordinating music line-ups, art booths, meet-and-greet receptions and art gallery installations.

Address:

Paradise Valley Community College
Center for Performing Arts
18401 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Email: info@desperadofilmfestival.com

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