About Dorian Sylvain

Dorian Sylvain is a painter whose color and texture explore ornamentation, pattern, and design as identifiers of cultural and historical foundations. She is a studio painter and muralist, as well as an art educator, curator, and community planner. Much of her public work addresses issues of beautification inspired by color palettes and patterns found throughout the African diaspora, particularly architecture. Core to her practice is collaborating with children and communities to elevate neighborhood aesthetics and foster shared understanding. In addition to commissioned studio and mural work, Sylvain has led public art projects over the past four decades that empower community and expose children to art making. Partnering with such organizations as the South Side Community Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, DuSable Museum, Chicago Park District, and the Chicago Public Arts Group, she has devoted her work to building the next generation of “cultural keepers.”

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2020 Artist-in-Residence for Auburn Gresham

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awards

Joyce Foundation- “The Center Program”, The Center Program  University of Chicago / SECC- “Connecting Communities through the Arts”,  African Festival of the Arts – “Afrocentury”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago – “Student-at-Large”, Chicago Council on Fine Arts – “Community Arts Development Extends Grant Program” “Infusion: Featured Artist”

publications

Joyce Foundation- “The Center Program”, The Center Program  University of Chicago / SECC- “Connecting Communities through the Arts”,  African Festival of the Arts – “Afrocentury”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago – “Student-at-Large”, Chicago Council on Fine Arts – “Community Arts Development Extends Grant Program” “Infusion: Featured Artist”

exhibitions

Chicago History Museum, The Chicago Public Arts Group, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Beverly Arts Center, South Side Community Art, African Festival of the Arts, Navy Pier, Nicole Gallery, Chicago Park District, ETA Arts Foundation, San Francisco State University