Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Dawn Spears

Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) is a doll maker, photographer, multi media artist, who uses cultural symbolism and the vibrant colors of our natural world as inspiration for her work.

My work reflects all facets of life. My mother Diosa Summers, Choctaw was an artist and educator who inspired and encouraged creativity in me and my siblings at an early age. I grew up being exposed to many forms of artmaking, assisting her was my introduction to art. It was inevitable that I would end up with similar interests.  I am a mother of three, a wife of thirty-five years to Cassius and a grandmother of seven I find as an artist, that being able to create original art that has elements of my culture and tradition, is my best form of expression, I use symbolism and the rich colors of our natural world as inspiration for my abstract paintings and designs.

I Have Worked With

  • As an artist I have worked with Tomaquag Museum on several arts workshops: corn husk dolls, painting, beadworking, as well as demonstrations for their museum programs.  Prior to joing the HopArts Studio Trail myself I was one of the artists at Tomaquag for their HOPARTS Studio trail

    In 2014 I was the new curator for RISCA 's 2nd Native American Arts Exhibit  in the Atrium Gallery in Providence, this years also marked the addition of the Youth Show which was curated by Loren Spears.

    I have been fortunate to have been able to work with Loren on the 2013 TAAC planning committee, on numerous programs at NEFA and  recently partnered with Tomaquag for Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance, as well as having taught several arts and crafts classes over the last 20+ years,  I  also was commissioned to paint the basket design on the building ‘s exterior,  and made the Narragansett Indian Church model for their church exhibit which is on display.

  • As an artist I have had offered several cornhusk doll workshops, including a doll display and doll making demonstration, also provided a moccasin display and demonstration. one of my dolls was included in their recent  doll exhibit  and I have participated in many markets, demonstrated at the exhibition pow wow, including the 2013 market where I coordinated the "on the spot" fashion show. 

  • Provided a doll demonsration and workshop and two of my cornhusk dolls are in the museum collections. 


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Mailing Address: 
120 Main Street
Ashaway, RI 02804
Physical Address: 
120 Main Street
Ashaway, RI 02804
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I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
High School-age

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