Dawn Kramlich


Dawn Kramlich is a queer artist and writer who lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Her artwork has always been text-based, and her artistic practice involves research on semiotics, poetry (especially ekphrasis), Intersectional Feminism, and the history of text-based American art. Kramlich is interested in how our relationship to language and communication has changed due to the internet/contemporary culture and finds that decoding power structures which underlie language use is dire – especially because few things, if any, are as powerful and political as language. 

Kramlich earned her BA degree from Muhlenberg College, producing the first cross-major creative honors thesis (paintings + poems) in the history of Muhlenberg’s English and Art departments. She then moved to Philadelphia and received her MFA in Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design. Kramlich regularly lectures and teaches at multiple institutions, and has shown her work widely in the US and internationally in Ireland. 

Full CV

Language of the Oppressor
Encaustic and sharpie on panel
18″ x 24″
Resistance/Persistence (It Takes Us to Make You)
Charcoal, sharpie, and encaustic on panel
18” x 53”; Scanned and printed at 7.5ft x 22ft, as installed at the PHL International Airport