Throughout Dunkley's career she has investigated the cultural manifestations of the African Diaspora saturated in generations of European thought and consciousness. Spiritual immortality, the innocence of childhood, the struggle with self-image and black resistance to marginalization are all themes in her work. Often with a specific focus on the female, Dunkley renders the documented and undocumented challenges of day-to-day pan-cultural survival.
Culturally enriched by West Indian parents and 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. This focus coupled with the sociopolitical insights and outcomes of the “American Experience" frames the oeuvre of her work.
Though often typecast as a textile artist, formal training in painting, sculpture, and mixed media enables an integration of media to fit her objectives. In actuality, Dunkley is exploiting the possibility of media, which now include printmaking and video.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 2001-2016
2017 New Jersey Print Shop Exhibition, Newark, New Jersey
2017 Women in Print, Hammonds House Galleries
2017 Hi-Lo Press, Ev-er-Re-Thing Exhibition, Atlanta, Ga
2017 Atlanta Printmakers’ “Emerging Printmakers Residency Exhibition”, Atlanta, Ga
2016 Atlanta Printmakers Studio Members Exhibition, College Park, Georgia
2015 Defying Gravity: Atlanta Printmakers Studio’s Invitational Show, Atlanta, GA
2015 Artists as Friends: Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA
2015 Johns Creek Arts Center, Black History Month
2014 Alumni Artists Exhibit, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, GA
2013 Re-Imaging Hammonds House Art Galleries, Atlanta, GA
2006 Internal Dialogue Revisited, solo exhibition Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
2005 Internal Dialogue, solo exhibition Hammonds House Art Galleries, Atlanta, GA
2004 Silhouettes: The Art of the Form, Spruill Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2004 HairStories, Chicago Cultural Art Center, Chicago Illinois
2003 Vision from Within, James E. Kemp Gallery, Dallas Texas
2003 Looks Good on Paper, Spruill Arts Center, Atlanta,GA
2003 Ancestral Instinct, solo exhibition Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, N.C.
2002 Like Lions Raging 9/11-11/9 Spruill Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia
2001 Looks Good on Paper, Spruill Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
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, Fulton County Arts Council, Monica Kaufman (WSBTV news anchor)
Doctoral Studies: Clark Atlanta University, International Affairs
Master of Arts, Atlanta University, Georgia,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, N.Y.C.
High School of Music & Art, N.Y.C.
"The Body of a Myth: Embodying the Black Mammy Figure in Visual Culture", essay by Kimberly Wallace-Saunders; Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Museum of Art Dartmouth College, Exhibition catalogue, 2008
Upending Stereotypes, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, July 5, 2005
Tell All the Children Our Story, Tonya Bolden, 2004
Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists, Midmarch
Arts Press, 1995, Intro: Dr. Leslie King-Hammond
African-American Exhibition at CSTCC, Chattanooga News Free Press, Jan 31, 1993
Tina Dunkley Comin' for to Carry Me Home, Art Papers, March/April, 1992
Weaving a Vision in Batik, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Monday September 30, 1991
The Idea of Furniture: A Point of View, Art Papers, July/August, 1991
Tina Dunkley: An Intelligent Sign, P.K McCary The International Review of African American Art, vol.9 no.2 October, 1990 p.50-57.
Notable Shows, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 8-3-90
Black Artists Atlanta Past and Present, Clarence D. White, Art Papers, May/June 1989
King-Tisdell, Telfair Exhibits Worth Seeing, Savannah News Press, Sunday, October 29,1989 p.1F
Three Inaugural Exhibitions, Clarence D. White Art Papers, May/June 1988
The University as Focal Point for the Arts, Richard A. Long American Visions:Afro-American Art
Women In Design International Compendium/Volume One, 1981 p. 70
"The Dunkley Clan Exhibit," The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, March 1, 1979
Atlanta Printmakers Studio Emerging Printmaker Artist-in-Residency, 2017
Women's Caucus for Art, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
Travel Grant to Pernambuco, Brazil from the Georgia Partners of the Americas, 2001
Kellogg Fellow, Int'l. Development, Partners of the Americas, (Orchestrated decorative painting project for youth at risk project in Brazil) 1991-1993
Bronze Jubilee Award, Visual Arts, 1983
Women in Design International Award, 1981
Atlanta Life Insurance Company National Art Exhibition
First prize, Textiles 1980; Second prize, Textiles 1985 & 1986
Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta , GA
Artist-in-Residence in after-school program. (2007-2008)
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta GA. (1994-2015)
Director of the University Art Galleries: Oversaw renovation of former library facility to re-house permanent art collection,
Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Cultural Olympiad, 1994-6
Producer for Cultural Olympiad project: African American Culture: An American Experience
Georgia State University Art Gallery, School of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA.(7/87-6/94)
Director: Develop and administer gallery program that supplemented academic curriculum.
Atlanta Junior College, Atlanta, GA.
Instructor: "Survey of Visual Arts" (Spring Quarter '87 and Summer Quarter,`86)
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.
Instructor: "Survey of Visual Arts" course. Designed curriculum to expose students to the aesthetic principles of interacting art. (1985-1986)
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, (5/84-10/84)
Faculty Fellow: Engaged in the study and research of management of art collections. Conducted extensive research for touring exhibition and catalogue. Five Black Artists in 19th Century America.
Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA., (1980–1987)
Curator of University Art Collections: Established management and loan policies; curated exhibits; oversee gallery; lecture; fund-raise; and develop educational materials.
City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA., (1977-1978)
Artist-in-Residence: Conducted craft workshops for the elderly in five Fulton County centers.
Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities, Tucker, GA., (1975-1978)
Artist-in-Residence: Instructed one-week workshops throughout the state on a monthly basis.
Neighborhood Arts Center, Atlanta, GA., (1975-1977)
Artist-in-Residence: Coordinated and instructed craft workshops for all ages in various media.
City of Atlanta, Parks and Recreation, Atlanta, GA (Summer 1974)
Recreation Specialist: Directed and coordinated communities in the design and construction of creative play environments.
Brooklyn Museum, New York (1972-1973)
Student Art Instructor in Museum Education: Taught classes in painting and crafts.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (1971-1972)
Student Intern: Changed exhibit displays for mobile exhibit, "Eye Opener" Counselor in the arts and crafts activities.
Brazil, Nigeria, Congo, Senegal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe
LANGUAGE: Portuguese (Functional)