Mark My Words: Visual/Verbal Translations of Power by Dawn Kramlich

Please join us for the Opening Reception

February 9, 2023

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Barbara Crawford Gallery | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

“There are few, if any, things more powerful and political than language,” says local artist Dawn Kramlich. We are pleased to announce the Barbara Crawford Gallery spring Art Show: Mark My Words, which features Kramlich’s work using various 2-D and 3-D media, including encaustic paintings (a technique in which pigments are mixed with hot liquid wax), and laser-cut matboard installations. 


What happens when artwork is both a painting and a poem? Or, when a poem is also an occupant of three-dimensional space? Kramlich, fascinated with the text+image relationship, centers her work on these questions due to “our existence in a society that barrages individuals with memes, ads, and digital conversations.” As a member of the millennial generation, she is keenly aware of—and influenced by—societal interpersonal shifts due to computer-mediated communication, and through her lens as a LGBTQ+ American woman, she often uses common phrases in her work to challenge or analyze power dynamics in society. 


The exhibition includes two installations (one of which will be site-specific) and nine paintings including “Resistance/Persistence: It Takes Us to Make You” which is on view at the PHL International Airport (terminal F) from Oct. 2022 – Sept. 2023. It will run through March 24, 2023. To schedule a visit to the gallery, please reach out to director of Arts Megan Monaghan or Barbara Crawford liaison Heidi Painter. Artwork inquiries can be directed to Dawn Kramlich at