Dawn Wilde was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta which deeply influenced her practice of Art.
She was awarded M.F.A. in painting from American University, Washington, D.C.; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee; B.A. in Art and Drama from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. From 1983 to 1998 she served as Instructor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Her residences have ranged from four years in Germany and several states but have been primarily in Washington, D. C. and Colorado. Her travels have taken her to many countries in Europe, Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Russia, Scandinavia, China, Japan, Mexico and Canada. Those travels have influenced her choices of content and structure in making Art. In 2012 Wilde moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she lives and maintains her studio.
She has exhibited extensively internationally, nationally and regionally. Selected Solo Exhibitions: Discovery Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1976; The American University, Watkins Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1978; Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado, 1993; Open Egg Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1990; Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, Union Colony Center, Greeley, Colorado, 1994; Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1994. Other selected shows: “Neo-Geo”, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Co., Invitational, 1995; Millennium Collection, UNIFEM and The National Association of Women Artists, Visitors Lobby, The United Nations, 2001; Small Works Invitational Exhibit, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, New York, 2005; “Abstract”, Colorado Fine Arts Center, Invitational, 2009; “Influence”, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Co., 3-person show, 2013. She was represented by Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
Her works are included in multiple private, corporate and public collections.