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Dawn Clements

Dawn Maria Clements (Clements)

April 14, 1958 - December 4, 2018
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Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY – Dawn Maria Clements passed away at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018. Dawn was born in Woburn, MA on April 14, 1958 and raised in Chelmsford, MA, where she graduated from Chelmsford High School. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Brown University in 1986, followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York in Albany. In 1989 she moved to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, which became her home. By 1993, her art work was chosen to be exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and soon after, here at prestigious art schools and colleges. In 2010 her art was exhibited at the renowned Whitney Biennial in NYC, and she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2012. She was invited to many artist residencies, including the American Academy in Rome, The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, Yaddo at Saratoga Springs, NY, and others in Italy, France, and Belgium.

Her art has been exhibited in London, Belgium, Austria, China, and Germany, and pieces of Dawn's art are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), The Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), and the Saatchi Collection (London).

Dawn's major art works are represented by the Pierogi Gallery on the Lower East Side, NYC.

Her intimate creativity in presenting moving scenes on a panoramic scale are enlightening. After teaching at many fine art colleges and schools, she finally found her niche at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she taught until cancer invaded her abundant life.

She leaves her mother Carlene, and her three brothers, Philip, Stephen, and Carl, and their families. Her father, Bruce W. Clements died in an accident in 2008.

Friends are invited to join her family at the Pine Ridge Cemetery, 130 Billerica Road in Chelmsford, MA on Saturday, December 15 at 10 o'clock.

Donations in her memory may be made to RISD or Brown University to funds to help art students in need of financial assistance to pursue an education in the arts.

Financial Aid / RISD Fund, Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903


Brown University Gift Cashier, Art Special - Visual Arts (03818610), Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912.
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  • Graveside Service

    December 15, 2018 | 10:00am
    December 15, 2018 10:00am
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    130 Billerica Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Ryan Reveley
  • Interment

    December 15, 2018 | 10:00am
    December 15, 2018 10:00am
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    130 Billerica Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Carole Julian

Posted at 09:44am
Growing up with Dawn, I knew her to be a gifted scholar, athlete and thespian, a true Renaissance young woman. Her natural beauty and sweet, serene demeanor concealed an inner strength, which Dawn displayed while recovering from a serious injury. Her success as an artist and professor would come as no surprise to Dawn’s classmates who voted her most talented. Like the films that inspired some of her greatest work, Dawn Clements was a classic. Like the unique body of work she leaves behind, memories of precious time spent with Dawn will endure.

John Leite

Posted at 10:53am
To Carlene, Phil, Steve, Carl, I am so sorry to hear about Dawn Marie. Although I was not at CHS while she was I do remember all the brothers who were excellent musicians. It is never easy to lose a loved one but there is strength in all of you to see this through. Please accept my most sincere condolences. JL

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