artist’s cv & bio


2018     Wild at Heart, A.P.E. Ltd, Northampton MA

2018     Portraits: Wild at Heart, Mercury Gallery, Boulder CO

2017     Private Exhibits, Santa Barbara CA & Houston TX

January-November/2016     Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11,  Wood Museum of Springfield History, Springfield MA

2015     Endangered, Western New England University, Springfield MA

2015     dECAde, Easthampton City Arts, Easthampton MA

2015     Pioneer Women, MAP Gallery, Easthampton MA

2014     Animalia: The Endangered, Hampden Gallery, UMASS, Amherst MA

2014     Unbound, Vol. IV, Artistree Gallery, Woodstock VT

2013     New England Collective IV, Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA

2013     Unbound, Vol. III, Artistree Gallery, Woodstock VT

2012     Serial Art, Easthampton City Arts, Easthampton MA

2012     Unbound, Vol. II, Artistree Art Center, Woodstock VT

2012      Amherst Biennial, 4 venues, Amherst MA

2012     Anniversary Invitational, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO

2012     Better Angels, Colorado Springs Fire Museum, Colorado Springs CO

2012     Better Angels, World Financial Center, New York NY

2012     Better Angels, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo TX

2012     Better Angels, CPSE Excellence Conference, Las Vegas NV

2012     Better Angels, Firehouse World, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA

2011     Better Angels, VCOS Conference, Clearwater FL

2011     Group Show, Submissions Gallery, Easthampton MA

2011     Better Angels, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC        

2011     Better Angels, World Burn Conference, Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati OH

2011     Better Angels, Fire Rescue Int’l, Atlanta Convention Center, Atlanta GA

2011     Better Angels, Firehouse Expo, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD

2011     Better Angels, Maryland State Firemen’s Assn, Ocean City MD

2010     Members Show, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Kleinart/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY

2009     Extinction, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver CO

2009     The Ditch Project, Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO

2009     Everyone Loves a Train Wreck, Art Students League, Denver CO

2008     Whimsy Wonderland, Blink Gallery, Boulder CO

2007     Under the Circumstances, Blink Gallery, Boulder CO

2007     Colorado Masters, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver CO

2007     The Weight of History, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO

2006     15th National Art Exhibition, No. Colorado Artist Assn, Loveland CO

2005     Biased Biographies, Regis University, Denver CO

2005     Group Show, Soke Annex, Denver CO

2004     Family Stories, Children’s Hospital, Denver CO

2004     Dawn Howkinson Siebel/Mixed Media Paintings, Soke Fine Art, Minturn CO

2004     Fringed, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO

2003     Painted Stories, Dairy Center for the Arts, Denver CO

2003     Art Alive, Soke Fine Art, Minturn CO

2003     Emerging Artists 2003 Invitational, Edge Gallery, Denver CO

2001     Art Triumphs, Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO

2000     Eye of the Beholder, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO

2000     Heart Throb, Women’s Art Center, Denver CO

1998     This is Not Ed, Mercury Gallery, Boulder CO

1998     Sign Language, Nat’l Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO


2013          “Unbound, Vol. III,” Third Place, Artistree Gallery, Woodstock VT 2013

2011-12       Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program grant for 10-city national tour of Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11

2006           BCAA/Milash Representational Artist Award, Boulder CO, May 2006

2006           Northern Colorado Artist Association, 15th National Show, April 2006. “Fine Print” Award, Ft. Collins, CO, Juror: Dean Sobel, Director, Clyfford Still Museum


Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago IL

Children’s Hospital of Denver, Denver CO

Mark & Polly Addison, Boulder CO

Charles Townsend, Condé Nast, NYC


Dawn Howkinson Siebel was born during a snowstorm in Lake County, Indiana, in 1950. Trained at Carnegie-Mellon, she moved to New York City in 1972 to be an actress, earned a Broadway credit, and lost interest in the theater as a career. A class at the New School introduced her to batik and she fell for its complexity and how it freed her to draw. This lead to 12 years as a dyer, beginning with batik t-shirts sold in craft fairs and ending with one-of-a-kind hand-colored silk clothing. She has a t-shirt in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution from the early days. A decade later she sold her collection of hand-painted silk kimonos to Bergdorf Goodman and embarked on an 18-month trip around the world with a set of watercolors in her backpack. She fell in love with watercolor.

In 1994, she abandoned New York for Boulder, Colorado, and there, in a community of many working artists, she finally found the gumption to devote herself fully to art. Oil became her medium of choice in 1998. In 2009, she began Better Angels, 343 oil portraits of the New York City firefighters who died on 9/11. Partnering with the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, she moved back east in 2010 to complete the paintings and work on all other aspects of what became a national traveling exhibit. The project took three years, was profoundly instructive, and changed the arc of her future work.

Resettling in Easthampton, Massachusetts in 2012, she was determined her new work would somehow address the huge environmental challenges before us, a subject about which she has always been passionate. Slowly a new body of portraiture began to emerge, focusing on endangered species. In 2015 she decided to only paint animals she has met and work from her own documentation, meeting her subjects through extended zoo visits. As a visual artist she is self-taught and always learning.


Dawn moved back to Colorado in 2020. Now based in Trinidad, at the southern edge of the state, she has thawed out her SAG/AFTRA membership and is once again returning to her first career, with a focus on TV & film.  For the moment, her studio is in one storage unit and her art in another.