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Dawn Chandler was raised in the midst of a small but beautiful expanse of woodlands nestled in the heart of central New Jersey. Classical music and lively discussions of books, the arts, current events and autopsies* were the soundtrack of her upbringing. A love of the outdoors was nurtured in her at a young age via family camping and backpacking trips throughout New England and the eastern seaboard. But it was when backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch as a teen participant in the early 1980s that she first fell in love with New Mexico.

A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dawn earned her BFA in painting in 1988. In 1992 she attended the summer program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and in 1993 earned her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dawn moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1994, where she…

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  • Born on December 29
  • Joined November 29, 2011

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About

Dawn Chandler was raised in the midst of a small but beautiful expanse of woodlands nestled in the heart of central New Jersey. Classical music and lively discussions of books, the arts, current events and autopsies* were the soundtrack of her upbringing. A love of the outdoors was nurtured in her at a young age via family camping and backpacking trips throughout New England and the eastern seaboard. But it was when backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch as a teen participant in the early 1980s that she first fell in love with New Mexico.

A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dawn earned her BFA in painting in 1988. In 1992 she attended the summer program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and in 1993 earned her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dawn moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1994, where she was a resident for fifteen years before moving to Santa Fe in 2009. In addition to pursuing her art career in Taos, Dawn also worked for many years as the executive director of the Philmont Staff Association, an alumni organization of current and former staff based out of Cimarron, New Mexico.

When not painting in her studio, Dawn can be found hiking and running on the trails surrounding Santa Fe, often accompanied by her pup, Wilson.


* Her father was a pathologist

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