Biography

Tina Marie Dunkley (b. in New York, NY) has been part of the art world from a young age; she graduated from the New York High School of Music & Art, and subsequently earned her B.F.A. from the New York School of Visual Arts and her M.A. in African American Studies from Atlanta University. She has also studied International Affairs at the doctorate level at Clark Atlanta University. Dunkley’s service in the arts includes 35 years as Curator and Director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries.

Daughter of West Indian parents and granddaughter of Jamaican artist John Dunkley whose work hangs in Kingston’s National Gallery, Tina Dunkley has maintained a professional career as an artist throughout her tenure as arts administrator, curator, writer, and educator.  Inspired by the struggles of African descendants displaced throughout the Western Hemisphere, her work explores the experience and politics of denial that informs much of the history of the Americas. Dunkley has stated that her work is “influenced by the full-circle recognition of her ancestors’ journey through slavery five generations ago.”

Dunkley’s Awards have included Atlanta Printmakers Studio Emerging Printmaker Artist-in-Residency (2017), Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, (2014), and a Travel Grant to Pernambuco, Brazil, from the Georgia Partners of the Americas (2001), among others.  Dunkley’s  work can be found in collections at the High Museum of Art, Nexus Contemporary Arts Center (Women’s Walk), Marriott Marquis Hotel, Delta Airlines, Hartsfield Airport, Hundyai, AT&T, IBM, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Hammonds House Art Galleries, Thacker Construction Company, Georgia State Art Collection, And Fulton County Arts Council.  She has also danced with Katherine Dunham’s troupe, and is a talented songstress.

 

Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection: