Dawn Marie Clements
1958 - 2018
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Dawn Marie Clements
formerly of Chelmsford, MA

GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, NY - Dawn Marie 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.

CLEMENTS - Friends are invited to join her family at the Pine Ridge Cemetery, 130 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA on Saturday, December 15 at 10 o'clock. The Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home in Chelmsford is entrusted with arrangements. 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 02093 or Brown University Gift Cashier, Art Special - Visual Arts (03818610), Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912. For online condolences visit CHELMSFORDFUNERALHOME.COM.

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Published in Lowell Sun on Dec. 12, 2018.
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February 3, 2019
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.

Carole Julian, New York City
December 30, 2018
I was fortunate to take Dawn's drawing class in Princeton. As an architecture graduate student taking an elective I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. Dawn gave us all precise and full attention and critique. I believe that her way of seeing made such a strong impression on me without me realising, and I feel privledged to look back and see her effect on my seeing. As I look at her drawings now I realise that her modest, moving curiosity and search is integral to the way I look and process my work and even other things. What a life changing difference one small elective can make. Forever appreciative of such a gift. Rest in Peace Dawn
Miriam Waltz
December 12, 2018
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December 13, 2018
My condolences go out to Dawn's family in Chelmsford. I attended CHS with Dawn back in the 70's and she was an inspiring young lady with a positive outlook on life. Dawn is now at peace with her dad and enjoying everlasting life.
May you take solace in knowing that you now have a guardian angel above to watch over you and to keep you safe.
God Bless and may you rest in peace Dawn.

Ed Durkin
Townsend, Ma.
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