Jodie Dow

I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. I was drawing as a young child, and continued with art classes through junior high and high school, and also attended Saturday classes at Massachusetts College of Art during my junior and senior years of high school. I had to work after high school, then got married and had two children. When my children were 8 and 11, I started classes at Massachusetts College of Art. I first attended continuing education classes, then matriculated into a degree program, over a total period of 8 years, then left school lacking 9 credits. Over the next 11 years work and health issues and general life stressors prevented me from thinking about finishing school. Then I thought to myself “this is silly, I should just finish and get my degree”. So I returned to finish the requirements, and finally got my BFA, with a major in painting, in 1997. (and this was made more difficult by the fact that after I registered I fell and broke my wrist, so had to go through most of the semester only having use of one hand) In the meantime, I had accidentally fallen into human service work, having done this for a temp agency initially, then working with MR behavioral blind clients, and eventually working in the mental health field for several years. I then decided to get a master’s degree, and thought it made sense to combine my mental health experience with my art background, so I applied to Lesley University where I earned an MA in expressive therapies, with a concentration in art therapy, in 2004. In 2003 I became a member of the board of directors of Collaborative Artworks in Lynn, and have been a board member and volunteer since then. I had work in student exhibitions at Massachusetts College of Art, way back before my hair turned pink. I have made flyers, brochures, and banners for political and community groups with which I have been involved.  I have also had work for the last 3 years in the Lynn Arts Holiday Sale and Show, and have had work at several Collaborative Artworks open houses and craft tables. Over the years, at various times, I have sometimes been creating a lot of art, sometimes less, and at times

not at all. Even when I have not been actually making art, however, I have always considered myself to be an artist. This identity affects the way I look at the world.

- Graduated from Mass College of Art in 1997 with a BFA, majored in painting

- Graduated from Lesely University in 2004 with an MA in Expressive Therapies, with a concentration in Art Therapy

- Collaborative Artworks, Volunteer Key Staff, Board of Directors, Member since 2003.