Teresa Dunn

Associate Professor

P 517-355-7638

600 Auditorium Road, 315 Kresge Art Center


Teresa Dunn received her MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2002. Previous to arriving at MSU, she taught at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dunn is the recipient of a Jacob K Javits Fellowship from 2000-2002, has received the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Fellowship in 2000 and 2007, and was awarded a Michigan State University IRGP award from 2007-2009. Dunn is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, Texas where in 2009 she had her most recent solo exhibition entitled Dilemmas and Innocents. She is a new member of First Street Gallery located in Chelsea in New York City where she will have an upcoming solo exhibition. Other exhibitions include a 2 person show at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, a 3 person show called Figurative Fictions at the Dayton Visual Art Center, and inclusion in the 2008 Fort Wayne Museum of Art Biennial Contemporary American Realism where she also won one of 3 Best of Show awards. Dunn has paintings in the premier issue and summer 2010 edition of Studio Visit Magazine. She was also published in “Self” by Ovenden Contemporary Art in Cambridge England in 2010. Dunn completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2007 and from 2005-2006 was invited to participate in Portrait of an Artist Online in association with the Outwin-Boocheever 2006 National Portrait Competition. Dunn’s work can be found in the Kinsey Institute Collection and Wright State University Art Galleries.



My narratives explore relationships through the absurd. Animals, food, and objects are important as humans by becoming symbolic, metaphorical or characters themselves. Their peculiar reality becomes normal, as in dreams or memory. Amidst bizarre sequences of events, dreams are believable when we are immersed in them. Memories distort, dissolve, and rearrange themselves until we are unable to discern fact from invention. Awareness of this disconnect allows for unearthing ideas about identity and interaction. Whether time is linear, cyclical, or removed from logical progression, one thing is certain: Change. How life shifts is absurd. My paintings investigate ways we navigate ourselves through life, environment, and our psychological eccentricities. Seasons, relationships, jobs, and cities attempt to define us. Peculiar occurrences, symbolism, and metaphor tie together some loose ends and fray others.