Dawn Barrett

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Dawn Oxenaar Barrett is a strategist, designer and consultant with thirty years experience in visual arts, organization design and higher education leadership.

Barrett's consultancy provides expertise, strategic advising and executive coaching for leaders and cultural institutions including: research universities, liberal arts colleges and cultural institutions in the US, Europe, and the Middle-East. Her clients include the Universities of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Richmond and Denver; the American University of Kuwait; Maryland Institute College of Arts; as well as Williams, Davidson, Lewis & Clark, Simmons, and Albright colleges.

For work in design strategy Barrett's partners are from the education, design, and government sectors, including: Duke University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Studio Dumbar and PTT Nederland (The Hague) the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Royal Danish Post (Copenhagen). She is currently Research Fellow at the Dutch National Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank NV, Amsterdam)) 

Barrett's leadership appointments include: President, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA; Dean and Professor, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence RI; and Head of the Department of Design and Tutor, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Her extensive expertise in educational institution accreditation is a result of more than fifteen years of service as an evaluator for the American Landscape Association Accreditation Board (LAAB), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), as member of Commission on Accreditation from 2003-2010, and now as a domestic and international consultant to NASAD.

Assignment to governing boards include: Penland School of Crafts, Board of Trustees, Penland, NC; The Charles Nyples Foundation, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and the Design Museum Foundation, Boston MA, and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

Barrett's critical writing connects the disciplines of visual culture and history, and has appeared in a number of visual arts serial publications, including: ZedVisible Language, the Dutch journal Archis, and the UK philosophical journal, Parallax. Barrett is editor of the book 'Interface: An Approach to Design', by Gui Bonsiepe (1998, Maastricht); the founding editor of 'Aspect' (Division of Architecture + Design, RISD. 2009-10, Providence, RI. With Andrew Martinez, she co-edited and produced: 'Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design' (2008, Providence).

Barrett resides in Manomet, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; and in the Dordogne region of France.