Dawn Passineau was born in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin. She holds a BFA in Sculpture with an emphasis in Glass from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. In 2011 she studied abroad at the Glasfachschule glass school in Zwiesel, Germany; and in 2012 she completed a glass assistantship at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduation, Dawn traveled to Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and Penland School of Craft, to assist artists, instructors and to further her knowledge of glass and other mediums.
Dawn has taught workshops at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin where she currently develops the programming for The Glass Studio. As Studio Coordinator, she offers classes and activities to children and adults as well as outreach programs to include diverse and at risk groups. She also presently works as an Artist in Residence teacher at the Renaissance School for the Arts in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Dawn’s mixed media sculptures are greatly influenced by the notions of birth, sickness, death and their accompanying hardships. She strives to provide “comfort” to the viewer through her work.