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Dawn MacNutt

5226 Little Harbour Road
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H 5C4, Canada
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Phone: (902)752-3378

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Interpreting universal human forms and architectonic columnar forms, MacNutt generally begins with natural materials ... willow, grapevine, seagrass. There is an increasing interest in her life size willow works that have been cast in bronze to endure outdoors. Her work focuses on the human form and what she perceives as 'the beauty of human frailty'.

Her exhibits number over a hundred, many of them international, with thirteen solo exhibitions. With twenty major commissions and many smaller ones. In 2010 she was commissioned by Halifax's IWK Childrens Hospital to create a bronze work ;Caring' as well as a bronze "Muse on theh Marsh" for Sackville, NB. she created a monumental sculpture for the City of Kelowna at the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium in British Columbia, Canada in 2002.

Solo exhibitions (selected)

  • Imagining thePast, Hector Museum and exhibtion Centre, Pictou, Nova Scotia, 2010
  • Loss, Memory, Forgiveness and Resolution, Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS, 2006
  • Timeless Forms, Montpelier Cultural Art Center, Laurel , Maryland, 2001
  • Timeless Forms 11, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, 2001
  • Works in Metal, Lunenburg Art Gallery, Nova Scotia, 2000
  • All the Ancients Walk Inside Us, Owens Art Gallery, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, N.B., 2000; also at Burlington Art Centre, Ontario, 1999; originated, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1995
  • Woven Forms: Sculptural Figures, Mount St. Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 1984


  • She currently exhibits at the Brown/Grotta Fine Art in Wilton Connecticutt, and at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York
  • Unity and Diversity, International Biennale, South Korea, 2009; Vancoiuver Olympics, 2010
  • Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art, (SOFA), Chicago, 2002; 1998, 1999 New York, 1998
  • Fiber: Five Decades, American Craft Museum, New York, 1995
  • Splendid Forms, Belles Artes, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1988
  • Metal and Light '91 Koblenz, Germany, 1991
  • 12th International Biennale of Tapestry, Lausanne Switzerland, 1985
  • Maya Behn Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 1985
  • Old Fields, New Paths, External Affairs Exhibit, Worlds Fair Japan1985, Pacific Rim & Australia


  • Repeatedly shows throughout Canada, public and private galleries including at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Mary E. Black Gallery, Studio 21, Craig Art Gallery, Dartmouth;  Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, N.B.; Lyghtsome Gallery, Antigonish, N.B. 
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back, Lyghtsome Gallery, Antigonish, NS 2011
  • Connections, (Taiya Barss, Nick Marsh), Art Gallery, University College of Cape Breton, 1999; St. F.X. University Art Gallery,
  • Echoes of the Past, Visions for the Future, Israel at Fifty. Toronto, 1998
  • Survivors in Search of a Voice, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and internationally,1995-7
  • Sixth Biennial of Tapestry, Montreal, P.Q., 1991 (also Fourth, 1986)
  • Fiberworks 11, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario, 1988
  • Show of Hands, Toronto, Ontario, 1988
  • The Folding Image, Nancy Poole's Studios, Toronto, 1986
  • Dimensions (Two Person Show), Musee Marsil de St. Lambert, Quebec, 1986
  • Four Women Artists, Manuge Galleries, Halifax, 1985

COLLECTIONS (selected)

  • Canadiana Fund, Rideau Hall, Ottawa
  • MADD (formerly American Craft Museum), New York
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S
  • National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa
  • Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • Mount St. Vincent University Gallery, Halifax
  • Longhouse Reserve Collection, New York
  • Joan Chalmers Collection, Toronto, Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax
  • Several private Collections

COMMISSIONS (selected)

  • Muse on the Marsh, Town of Sackville, New Brunswick, 2012
  • Caring, IWK Childrens Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Diversity, University of Ontario institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, 2006
  • Sentinel, Okanagan/Thompson International Sculpture Symposium 2002, Kelowna B.C.
  • Columns, Accenture, Mississauga, Tatar Alexander Art, Toronto, 2001
  • Timeless Form, Fountain Residence, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1999
  • Together We StandHalifax, Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth Health Centre, Halifax, 1994- 96
  • Vytaimo, Ukraine Community of Canada, Halifax, 19 p91
  • Bronze Kindred Spirits, Alderney Gate, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1990
  • Oasis, Medical Society of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1990
  • Contemplation Noranda Minerals Incorporated, Toronto, 1988
  • Aquamarine, Government of Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1979-80
  • Many private commissions

AWARDS include

  • RCA (Royal Canadian Council for the Arts, membership awarded 2008
  • Charles Frederick Allison Award, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, NB, 2007
  • Honourary Doctorate in Human Letter, Mt. St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS, 2005
  • Queen Elizabeth 11 Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
  • Canada Council Grants, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1981
  • Nova Scotia Arts Council Presentation Grant 2001; 1998
  • Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Grant, 1996
  • Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement Grant, 1995
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Exhibition Grant, 1985


  • Accumulations Now, Longhouse Reserve, 2012
  • The 10th Wave, Brown Grotta, Connecticutt 2009
  • Unity and Diversity, Cheongchui, South Korea, 2009
  • Following the Vision, Robert Pope Foundation. 2007
  • Artspots, CBC Television, 1998; nationally, 1999
  • Timeless Forms, Artfocus, Fall, 1997
  • All the Ancients Walk Inside Us, published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1995
  • The Art of Dawn MacNutt, CBC TV documentary, Sunday Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Numerous reviews, including: Dawn MacNutt at John B. Aird, Toronto, Sculpture, ISC Review: , Jan/Feb, 2002; Dawn MacNutt at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, World Sculpture News, Summer, 1998, Toronto Globe and Mail, Feb.20, 1995; Dec. 16, 1993
  • International Herald Tribune, June22-3, 1985(26 international newspapers and journals1985)