Tori Tinsley (USA)

International Artist

Tori Tinsley (USA)

International Artist

Tori Tinsley, born in 1980, received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Michigan, MAAT in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Georgia State University.

Her paintings and sculptures explore her changing relationship with herself and with her mother as she succumbs to a degenerative brain disease called fronto-temporal degeneration. Hugging bodies reveal the simultaneous enmeshment and separation that occurs in caring for her mother.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Tori Tinsley, born in 1980, received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Michigan, MAAT in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Georgia State University. In the summer of 2014, she was a resident fellow at Hambidge and will be attending the Vermont Studio Center in June 2016. Tori is a WonderRoot Season 07 CSA Artist, a 2015 Idea Capital Grant recipient, and her work was chosen for the upcoming South issue of New American Paintings. Since coming back from a month long residency in New York, she is cultivating the professional practice of Atlanta artists through the WonderRoot’s Wathall Fellowship Program where she was accepted last year.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My paintings and sculptures explore my changing relationship with myself and with my mother as she succumbs to a degenerative brain disease called fronto-temporal degeneration. Hugging bodies reveal the simultaneous enmeshment and separation that occurs in caring for her. Dark humor and the use of exaggerated facial features allow for the expression of the layered emotions experienced in such an ambiguous loss; feelings including despair, longing, disbelief, and even hope. This focus on myself is not meant to lessen the importance of my mother’s experience with this disease, but to add to the discussion and awareness of what happens to those left behind to pick up the pieces. These works not only serve as preemptive memorials to my mother, but they also stand as monuments to resilience and highlight how painting can serve as a proxy for reconnection

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Echolalia, Twin Radius at CenterForm, Atlanta, GA
2017 Bread and Butter, The Rialto Center, Atlanta, GA
2017 Locating Barbara, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2017 Clutch, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Double Distance, Welch Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
2015 Hand-sized Comfort, AC Boxhole Gallery, Vintage ATL, Atlanta, GA
2015 Contact Comfort, WonderRoot Gallery, Atlanta, GA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Building A Ship From The Shipwreck, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
2017 Racecar, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
2017 Art Of The South 2017, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
2017 The Reroute, Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL
2017 City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Exhibition, Chastain Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA
2017 TBD (curated by Sarah Higgins), WonderRoot Wathall Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
2017 Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2017 Wathall Fellowship, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
2016 Juried Show, Trestle Gallery, New York USA
2016 Happy, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Australia
2016 17th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction, (invitation only), Atlanta, GA USA
2016 BurnAway Art Crush Art Auction, (invitation only), Atlanta, GA USA
2015 The Relationship Between Things, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL USA
2015 WonderRoot CSA Season 07, Atlanta, GA USA
2015 J1, ATHICA, Athens, GA, Juried by Michael Rooks USA
2015 BSVC, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Daniel Bailey USA
2015 Alternate/Alternate, Doppler Projects, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Derek Faust & Stephanie Marinone USA
2015 Concrete Acquaintances, Thomas Deans Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA, Juried by Matthew Sugarman & Joe Peragine USA
2015 Transformation, Callanwolde Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Juried by William Downs & Candice Greathouse USA
2015 Ocularis, Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Katie Troisi USA
2015 Figures & Fragments, OTP Gallery, Marietta, GA, Curated by Jeanne Harriman USA
2015 Hambidge Art Auction, (invitation only), Goat Farm, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Ben Goldman, Teresa Bramlett Reeves, & Jamie Badoud USA
2015 Strongbox Rotating Exhibition, Strongbox, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Jennifer Schwartz USA
2015 17th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, (Bronze Award), GSU Welch Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Juried by Daniel Fuller USA
2015 NKOTB2, (Honorable Mention), MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Mary Stanley USA
2015 16th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction, (invitation only), Atlanta, GA USA
2015 Interpolation, Welch Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA USA
2015 BurnAway Art Crush Art Auction, (invitation only), Atlanta, GA, Curated by Sumptuary USA
2015 Here 2 Go, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski USA
2015 Not Found, Glass Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA USA
2014 Alumni Art Exhibition, Broyles Art Center, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA USA
2014 Triage, Fuse Art Center, Atlanta, GA USA
2014 Live Amateurs, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Craig Drennen USA
2013 Strength for the Journey, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA USA
2012 AFTD Silent Auction, Westin Buckhead, Atlanta, GA USA
2010 The Mom’s Laugh Project, Henley Studios, Atlanta, GA USA
2009 Sun Delights, Blue Mark Studios, Atlanta, GA USA
2009 pARTy, Blue Mark Studios, Atlanta, GA USA
2008 Metro Montage VIII, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA USA
2007 Fallen, Henley Studios, Atlanta, GA USA
2007 Creative Visions Exhibit, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL USA

EDUCATION

2016 WonderRoot’s Wathall Fellowship Program
2013 – 2016: Georgia State University Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA, Master of Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing
2005 – 2007: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Master of Arts in Art Therapy
1999 – 2003: University of Michigan School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, MI, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing, Summa Cum Laude, GPA:  3.78/4.0

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 BURNAWAY Arts Magazine
August 2015 – Present: Doppler Projects, Atlanta, GA    Fundraising Officer
August 2014 – Present: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA    Graduate Instructor
January 2015 – May 2015: BURNAWAY, Atlanta, GA    Intern & Research Assistant
September 2014 – April 2015: Georgia State University Welch Galleries, Atlanta, GA – Co-Curator for Interpolation Exhibition
July 2014: Kefalonia, Greece, Assistant to Pam Longobardi for the Drifters Project
January 2014 – August 2014: ART PAPERS Magazine, Atlanta, GA – Intern and Research Assistant
August 2013 – August 2014: Georgia State University Welch Galleries, Atlanta, GA – Gallery Assistant

SPEAKING APPEARANCES

April 2011: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
April 2009: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

SPEAKING APPEARANCES

Tinsley, Tori. “For/Against: Double Distance.” fLoromancy. Apr 12, 2016

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Jan 28, 2016 New American Paintings #124: South edition, juried by Emily Stamey, Weatherspoon Art Museum
Dec 2, 2015  Relyea, Laura. “News: Idea Capital announces its 2015 grant recipients.” ArtsATL.
Vega, Muriel “Q&A/Artist Tori Tinsley.” Common Creativ Atlanta.
Aug 3, 2015 Brown, Devin M. “Review: Ocularis Surveys Work of 19 Young Artists.” ArtsATL.
April 22, 2015 Hall, Floyd. WonderRoot Artist Feature – Tori Tinsley.: WonderRoot Pod Cast, Atlanta, GA.
Apr 15, 2015 Mangle, Anthony. “Show Me What’s On my Mind: Let’s Hear it for the Gurrrrls!” Shrimp Peels and Hair
May 15, 2011 Dixon, Duffie. “A Daughter’s Gift; memories preserving art.” 11 Alive News, Atlanta, GA.

RESIDENCIES

2016 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT USA
2014 The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA USA

AWARDS

Idea Capital Grant Recipient, Atlanta, GA
WonderRoot CSA Season 07 Artist, Atlanta, GA
Bronze Award, 17th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, GSU Welch Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Juried by Daniel Fuller
Honorable Mention, NKOTB2, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Mary Stanley

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Atlanta, GA
The Association of Fronto-temporal Degeneration, Radnor, PA

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