Dawn Whitelaw
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Dawn Whitelaw maintains a studio at “The Factory” in Franklin, Tennessee. The opportunity to paint landscape plein air with colleagues adds richness and honesty to her studio work. For over 25 years she taught basic principles of oil painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. Among her influential teachers are Scott Christensen, Cedric Egeli, T. Allen Lawson, Quang Ho and Jim Pollard, but most of her instruction and inspiration comes from nationally preeminent artist Everett Raymond Kinstler.  At present, she teaches workshops nationally.

Her ability to capture life in paint has been noticed. Her awards include the Certificate of Merit for her portrait at the National Portrait Convention in 1991, Best of Show at the Portrait Society of America in Washington DC, and the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painter's of America exhibition in 2002. In 2010 Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to participate in the "Inspiring Figures" exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Recent Exhibits Include

Society of American Impressionists National Exhibit, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN 2010

"Inspiring Figures" participating artist by invitation, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 2010

Artists for the New Century - Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont  2007
Solo Exhibit - Brazier Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia 2007

Cumberland Society of Painters Shows
    Leiper's Creek Gallery, Franklin, Tennessee 2005 & 2007
    Richland Fine Art, Nashville, Tennessee 2004
    Stanford Fine Art, Nashville, Tennessee 2001 & 2003
    Brazier Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia 2002 & 2004
Best & Brightest Student Show - Scottsdale Artist's School - 1999
Featured in exhibit & brochure for The Nashville Symphony Orchestra - 1997
Festa Dell'Europa- Stroncone, Italy - 1998
Anniversary Show Brazier Fine Art - Richmond, Virginia - 1996-2004
American Academy of Women Artists- Scottsdale, Arizona - 1998
Phoenix Historical Museum - Tempe, Arizona - 1998
Group Show - Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee - 2002,2003
Group Show - Gallery of Franklin, Franklin, Tennessee - 2002,2003
Oil Painters of America Regional Show Richmond, Virginia - 2002 ( Award of Excellence)

Professional Memberships

American Impressionists Society


Portrait Society of America


Cumberland Society of Painters


Plein Air Painters of the Southeast


The Chestnut Group


Professional Awards
2nd Place, Pastel/Dry Media; Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait International - 2007

Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Regional Show - 2002
Best of Show Award, International Portrait Competition - 2001
One of 6 "call for artists" American Academy of Women Artists - 1999
Avalon Award for Creative Excellence - 1997
National Portrait Seminar, Certificate of Merit - 1991

Select Collections Include
Third National Bank
Dominion Bank
Musse de la grande Vigne, Dinan, France
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Northern Telacom
Lipscomb University
Southern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center

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