Leonard Dawson Jr.

Assistant Professor
117/118A Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 366-8956


Leonard Dawson is a native of Markham, Illinois a suburban community south of Chicago. He attended Eastern Illinois University earning a B.A. in  Art Education. Later he received his M.A. in Art Education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dawson has over 20 years of teaching experience, working with students from elementary school, middle school, high school through college and adults in continuing education programs.  Leonard has developed and designed visual arts curriculum for both public and private institutions throughout his career. Self motivated and excellent problem solving skills are clearly demonstrated in his art. Mr. Dawson served in the military where his knowledge and skill were of great value. He  provided the development and preparation of strategy briefings for the National Security Advisor to the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff. Leonard  later returned to school at Arizona State University where he received his M.F.A. in Sculpture. Presently, Leonard is a professor of art at Stillman  College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he is also director of the college art galleries. His love of art is obvious through his love for teaching, his  persuasive lectures engenders the same love for art in his students.

Recent Performances/Exhibits

2012 – “Spring Faculty Art Exhibit”, Stillman College
2011-2012 “Alabama’s Finest”, Group Exhibition, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, Alabama
2012 – “15” Exhibition, International Visions Gallery, Washington, D.C.
*Upcoming Exhibition –Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama


Eastern Illinois University, B.A. - Art Education/Sculpture, 1977
University of Illinois, M.A. - Art Education, 1979
Arizona State University, M.F.A. – Emphasis Sculpture, 2002


South Suburban College, Purchase Award, South Holland, Illinois
Albrook Art Gallery, Best in show, Panama City, Panama
MLK Grant on Diversity, Scottsdale, Arizona
Fellowship award, University of Illinois

Courses Currently Taught

Design II
Art History