Brooklyn-based artist Sophia Dawson creates large-scale murals that focus on individuals who have overcome injustices. On Thursday, January 14 at 12 PM ET, Sophia will join CMA Associate Director of Programming Raquel Du Toit for a virtual artist talk and studio tour. This event will be livestreamed on CMA’s Facebook page.
This event is intended for adults, though children are welcome to tune in. Children are invited to attend Club CMA with Raquel: Resiliency Murals the next day on Friday, January 15 at 1 PM ET. With Martin Luther King, Jr. as inspiration, children will paint a mural of a parental figure, teacher, neighbor, or friend who inspires them with their resiliency.
Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who has dedicated her life’s work to exposing the stories and experiences of individuals who are striving to overcome the injustices they face both individually and collectively. By raising awareness of these individuals, she aims to humanize social justice issues and to prevent such experiences from being repeated in the future. Some of the individuals featured in her work include mothers who have lost their children to police brutality both past and present, the Exonerated 5, and political prisoners from the Black Liberation movement that are still incarcerated within the United States.
Sophia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Her work has recently been exhibited in Rush Arts Gallery and the Bronx Museum of the Art, as well as the 2020 US Open. She is a recent participant of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study program and a recent resident of the Bronx Museum of Art’s first residency program. She is also a 2020 PAIR Artist Fellow working with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She facilitates art workshops at Rikers Island through her company I Am Wet Paint and also became a member of the faculty of the Fine Art Department at the School of Visual Arts in 2020. This year, Sophia was one of three artists selected to design the “Black Lives Matter” street mural for Foley Square in New York City. Her public art for the movement was featured in Forbes Magazine, New York 1, and ABC Nightline.