charlie dov schön

Charlie Dov Schön (b. Boston, MA 2000) is a textile and found object artist living and working in Somerville, MA. Her practice is deeply interdisciplinary, dealing with textiles, transparencies, ritual, and grief. She is interested in spiritual objects operating as data collectors and scientific practice operating as prayer.

“Charlie Dov Schön’s hanging amulets made out of felt and birth control medications...pack a punch. Their forms mimic Jewish devotional objects used to shield pregnant people and young children from the vengeful Lilith who was, in rabbinic literature, framed as a seducer, a slayer of babies, and a woman who refused to be subservient to her husband, Adam. In other words, a woman who demanded control of her sexuality, her uterus, and her life. A revisionist feminist interpretation of this religious history, Dov Schön’s talismans protect a person’s bodily autonomy in a post-Roe world.” 

-Michelle Millar Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Charlie Dov Schön
Somerville, MA,

Hamilton College, BA. Art, Environmental Studies.

Solo Exhibitions
2024    i’ve been trying to reach you, Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024   (Forthcoming) Best In Show, East Manning Projects, Providence, RI
2024   (Forthcoming) Interplay, Surface Design Association at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH 
2024    String Theory, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA
2023    In-Habit, Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula, MT  
2023    Gathered Together, Wavelength Space, Chattanooga,TN
2023    Deeply Rooted; Faith and Reproductive Justice, Brandeis Kniznick Gallery, Waltham, MA
2023    Geo-Metric Art Ramble, Hapgood Wright Town Forest, Concord, MA
2023    Emerging Artists Exhibit, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2023    Art from Detritus, Viridian Artist’s Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2022    Seven Species, Brandeis Kniznick Gallery, Waltham, MA
2022    Emerging Artist Exhibition, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
2022    Closing Remarks, Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY

Residency, Lectures & Teaching 
2024    Arrowmont Craft School Pentaculum Program in Textiles
2023    Ritual & Collection in Textile, Workshop at Cloth Collaborative, Hyde Park, MA
2023    Open AIR Montana Residency at Flathead Lake Biological Station
2023    Artist Lecture at Flathead Lake Biological Station
2023    “Emerging Artist Talk” at Cambridge Arts Association. Watch here with
2022    “Seven Species, Three Generations: Adele Fleet Bacow in Conversation with the
              Seven Schön Family Artists.” Watch here.
2022    “Clinton Community Flood Mapping: Qualitative & Spatial Representations of
              Flooding Effects on Clinton Residents”
2021    “Spatial Representations of the Senegal Liberations Project: Trial and Error in ArcGIS
              Data Visualization” Slides here.
2020    “Oppressive Curation: The Colonization of the American Landscape in Art”
2020    “dialogue: the earth talking” Slides here.
Relevant Work Experience
2024-present   Grubstreet Young Adult Writers Program Assistant
2024-present   Magpie: Retail Associate
2022-present    Ilana Manolson: Studio Assistant
2023-2024         Museum Textile Services: Studio Assistant, Conservation & Administration
2022-2023         Andover Bookstore: Events Coordinator
2022-2023         Tee Commerce: Embroidery Machine Operator
2021                     Massachusetts Climate Action Network: Communications Intern    
2020-2021          Hamilton College Arboretum: Paid Intern
2019-2022          Hamilton College Communications Office: Paid Intern

Selected Press
Melanie Letwin, “Taking Back the Narrative(s): “Deeply Rooted: Faith in Reproductive Justice” at Brandeis’
    Kniznick Gallery,” Boston Art Review, January 19, 2024.
Michelle Millar-Fischer, “‘Not Despite But Because,’” Hadassah Brandeis Institute,
    November 2, 2023.
Cate McQuaid, “The family that makes art together…,” Boston Globe, August 24,2022.
Claire Ogden, “Charlie Dov Schön’s ‘I’ve been trying to reach you.’” Cambridge Day, March 10,
Clare Peterson, “Art and science come together at Flathead Lake Biological Station” KPAX,
    October 17, 2023.
Judy Bolton-Fasman, “New art exhibit brings together…,” Jewish Boston, July 26, 2022.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, “Local creatives receive grants from CJP…,”
    Jewish Boston, Oct 26, 2021.
Riley Halliday, Sydney Seymour, “The Sacred Practice of Archiving,” UG2MSG, March 13,        
Maureen Nolan, “Toward a sustainable future,” Hamilton College, March 1, 2022.
Evan Robinson, “Exploring the sound of color,” Hamilton College, July 28, 2021.
Charlotte Guterman, “Studying the cultural and historical connotations…,”
    Hamilton College, August 21, 2020.
Shane Hanlon, “#DrawntoGeoscience: The Earth Talking,” AGU, May 13, 2020.

Grants & Awards
2022    Combined Jewish Philanthropies Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund
2022    The Senior Prize in Environmental Studies
2021     Casstevens Family Fund
2020    Levitt Center Winter Grant
2020    Emerson Foundation Summer Grant
2019    Kirkland Endowment Fund for Student Travel for Research and Creative Work
2019    Steven Daniel Smallen Memorial Fund Grant
2019    The Adam Gordon Poetry Prize for First-Year Students
2018    Kirkland Endowment Fund

Skill Sets
Technical: Adobe Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design; ArcGIS Desktop, Google
Suite, Microsoft Office, AirTable, Canva, Zoom
Manual: Hand and machine sewing, embroidery by hand and machine, pattern drafting, figure drawing and painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), weaving