About

Chad Dawkins is an art critic and curator living in San Antonio, Texas.
Contact chadmdawkins (at) gmail

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EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2019 Abinadi Meza: Delay in Glass. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Cory Imig: Line Describing a Space. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
“Texas Curator Conference.” Founder, organizer. Hosted at SSA, March 14-16, 2019.
Tacita Dean, Manhattan Mouse Museum. Film screening. March 7, 2019
Michael Corris. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA. February 28, 2019.
David Platzker. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA. February 11, 2019.
Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5. Loan from Independent Curators International (ICI), curated by David Platzker. Adapted with extensive additions. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Adam Schreiber: Copywork. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Jessica Mallios: The Shard. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
2018  Mark Menjivar: Refrigerators. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Hosted first Brown Artist Retreat, a project of curator Risa Puleo. SSA
December 16, 2018.
Guerrilla Girls. Visiting Artist Program lecture and workshop. SSA and the McNay Art Museum. November 15-16, 2018
Carmen Argote. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA. October 11, 2018.
Ethan Gonzalez and Hailey Kuhn. Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Texas.
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly. Curated by Risa Puleo, originated Bemis Cemter Omaha, Nebraska. Co-hosted by SSA and Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas.
Yocelyn Riojas. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA. September 20, 2018.
Kukuli Velarde. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA. September 13, 2018.
Sylvanus Shaw: FIAT.  SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Jonathan Faber: Ideal Fadez. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here: Victoria Burge, Jeffrey Dell, Takuji Hamanaka. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Mari Hernandez: What Remains. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
James Smolleck: Transmissions from the Blue Egg. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Xavier Gilmore: ASTROBLACK. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Rafa Esparza, Kapwani Kiwanga, Carlos Rosales-Silva. Visiting Artist Program lectures. SSA. March 28, 2018.
Contested Histories. Visiting Artist Program panel moderator. Panel participants: Kirsten Gardner, John Phillip Santos, Frank de le Teja. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Common Currents: 1818–1867. SSA. (Hosted in conjunction with Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Center, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute) San Antonio, Texas.
2017  Dana Frankfort: Works on Paper. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Hiromi Stringer: Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum. SSA. San Antonio, Texas.
Paul Sacaridiz. Visiting Artist Program lecture. Southwest School of Art. October 23, 2017.
Mario Ybarra Jr. Visiting Artist Program lecture. SSA and TXST. October 11, 2017.
Buster Graybill: Leisure Lines. Southwest School of Art. San Antonio, Texas.
Chris Engman: Prospect and Refuge. Southwest School of Art. San Antonio, Texas.Video Fantasy. Steinmatte at European Graduate School. Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Joey Fauerso: Pretend this is a Trap. TXST Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas
Jason Reed – Black Gold: Field Notes. TXST Galleries.
2016  Monica Haller, Objects for Deployment / Veterans Book Project. TXST Galleries.
SURVEY: Texas Sculpture. TXST Galleries.
Suzanne Opton, Many Wars. TXST Galleries.
This is beyond insane. This is Babel. Conjoined Histories of ALAS. Rae Culbert and Randy Wallace. Texas State Galleries.
Maru Calva. Visiting artist lecture. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas. April 6, 2016.
Peggy Ahwesh. Visiting artist video screening. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
Jade Walker: Four Cornered. Texas State Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
Jaye Rhee: Shaping the Presence, Forming the Absence. Texas State Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
Adriana Corral. Visiting artist lecture. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas. February 23, 2016.
Window/ National. Year-long collaboration with Window/Contemporary. Artists Claudia Weber, Joe Hamilton, Joe Yorty. Texas State Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
2015  Interim Gallery Space. October 2015-May 2016. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi): The Past is a Stranger, the Future is a Guest. Texas State Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
Experimental music series with “Texas Mysterium for New Music Ensemble.” Texas State Galleries. Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas.
2012  What is a curator? Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2010  Trans/Action. In collaboration with Kimberly Aubuchon. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas

PUBLICATIONS
Books and Long-form Writing
2017 Larry Graeber, Place to Place. Catalogue essay.
2016 Jeffrey Dell, Future Castles. Catalogue essay.
2014 The Role of the Artist in Contemporary Art. New York/ Dresden: Atropos Press.
2013 What is a curator? Invited curated project. Zingmagazine. Issue 23.
2012 Joey Fauerso, Drama. Catalogue essay. Southwest School of Art. San Antonio, Texas.
2011 The Radio Experiment. 40 page paperback. Self-published.
2010 Relative Distances. Catalogue essay. University of Texas at San Antonio Satellite Space.

Select Articles and Reviews
2018 “Artist on Artist: Gary Sweeney Interviews Chad Dawkins.” San Antonio Current, October 10, 2018.
2017 “San Antonio’s Art Community Weighs In on the Highlights and Milestones of 2017.” San Antonio Current, December 26, 2017.
“Glasstire’s Best of 2017.” Glasstire.com, December 22, 2017.
“NSK State Pavilion.” Eutopia.us, July 11, 2017.
“Monika Sosnowska at the Contemporary Austin.” Glasstire.com, January 31, 2017.
2016 “Glasstire’s Best of 2016.” Glasstire.com, December 21, 2016.
“A Response to McNay’s ‘Telling Tales.'” Glasstire.com, December 9, 2016.
“Buster Graybill.” Eutopia.us, September 29, 2016.
“Juan William Chavez, Andy Coolquitt, and Rachel Maclean at Artpace.” Glasstire.com, August 9, 2016.
“An Interview with Alyson Shotz.” Glasstire.com, June 1, 2016.
“Sterling Allan at Sala Diaz.” Glasstire.com, May 8, 2016.
“Daniel Garcia Andujar.” Eutopia.us, April 15, 2016.
2015 “Strange Pilgrims.” Glasstire.com, November 8, 2015.
“Seditious Industrial Complex: Licensing Office.” Glasstire.com, August 26, 2015
“COMIC RELIEF/ INQUISITIVE HELL: a response to Alejandro Diaz’s ‘It Takes A Village.’” Glasstire.com, July 1, 2015
“Mark Menjivar: The Luck Archive.” Glasstire.com, June 6, 2015
2013 “Transitios.” pastelegram February 12, 2013
2012 “Chris Sauter: Empire” pastelegram May 1, 2012
2011 “Susan Philipsz.” …might be good, #171, June 10, 2011.
“An excerpt from one of my abandoned writing projects.” E-flux.com, May 14, 2011.
“Franco Mondini-Ruiz.” …might be good, #166, April 1, 2011.
“Blue Star constellation openings.” Plaza de Armas, March 5, 2011.
“Experimental music at High Wire.” Plaza de Armas, March 4, 2011.
2010 “John Smith.” Art Lies 66, Summer 2010.
“Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s.” Art Lies 65, Spring 2010.
“Artpace International Artist in Residency 09.3.” Art Lies 65, Spring 2010.
“Only Mediocrity Can Be Trusted To Be Always At Its Best.” San Antonio Current, Feb. 10, 2010.
“Easing into 2010.” San Antonio Current, January. 13, 2010.
2009 PublicityStunted. publicitystunted.blogspot.com. July, 2009.

INVITED TALKS

2019 “Ordinary Time,” With artist Elijah Barrett. Atelier1205, Austin Texas. March 22, 2019.
2018 “Artists as Curators.” Led panel discussion with Leslie Moody Castro, Gabriel Martinez, and Chris Sauter. Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston Texas. October 6, 2018.
2017 “On Contingency.” Fieldwork Marfa, Marfa, Texas. Hosted by Lili Reynaud-Dewar. October 20, 2017.
2016 “Sculpture in Two Dimensions.” McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. July 12, 2016.
“What is a curator?” Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. February 11, 2016
2015 “Art Criticism as a Form: Style and Approach.” Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. October 13, 2015
“The Role of the Artist in Contemporary Art.” Dikeou Collection, Denver, Colorado. July 18, 2015

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2017-present Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2016-2017 Associate Director, Texas State Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2015-2016 Interim Gallery Director, Texas State Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2010-2015 Studio Technician, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2005 – 2007 Gallery Assistant, Charles Adams Gallery, Lubbock, Texas

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Critical Inquiry, Southwest School of Art, BFA Program. Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019
Aesthetics of Failure, Texas State University, Honors College, Fall 2017
Curatorial Practice, Texas State University, Art History. Fall 2016, Spring 2017

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
2019 Visual Art Grant Evaluation Panelist, Texas Commission on the Arts.
2018 Funding review panelist, Department of Arts & Culture, City of San Antonio
Juror, International Exhibition Program. apexart, NY, NY
2017 – present Visiting Artist Program, Committee Chair, Southwest School of Art.
2017 Cosmopolis Reading Group with Walter Mignolo. Centre Pompidou December 13
2015 – 2017 Art and Design Lecture Series Committee Member. Texas State University
University Public Art Committee Member. Texas State University

EDUCATION
PhD candidate (ABD) Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, 2016-present
Advisor: Boris Groys
European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

MA Philosophy of Media Communication, 2014
European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

BA Art History and Criticism, 2009
The University of Texas at San Antonio