Dawn Williams Boyd was born in Neptune, NJ and reared in suburban Atlanta. She received her B.F.A. at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Over the years Williams Boyd has studied and mastered various techniques and mediums including drawing, painting, collage and Bas-relief sculpture. Since 2002 she has distinguished herself with her work with fabric. Her imagery is informed by her identity as a Black woman, whether she is reinterpreting classical themes for modern audiences, exploring aspects of African American history, or illustrating music and poetry.
Since her first one-woman exhibit of her work as her senior project in 1974, Williams Boyd has exhibited in nine solo shows and numerous group exhibitions. Awards the artist has earned include an Artist Residency at the Platte Forum in Denver, CO and a Jurors Award in Quilt = Art = Quilt at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY.