Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Teresa Dunn


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315 Kresge Art Center
P 517-355-7638



Teresa Dunn received her MFA from Indiana University Bloomington in 2002. She is a three time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship and received the Jacob K Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education. Dunn is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, Texas; First Street Gallery in NYC; and Galerie l’Échaudé in Paris, France. Dunn has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as The Xavier University Art Gallery in Cincinnati, the Lawrence Art Center in Kansas, and the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include Mother-load at First Street Gallery in 2016 and Ebb and Ember at Hooks-Epstein Galleries in 2015. Dunn’s 2011 exhibition Strange realities/Étrange réalité at Galerie l’Échaudé was reviewed in French journals AZART and Miroir de l’Art. Dunn was a finalist in the 2000 William and Dorothy Yeck Miami University Young Painters Competition and won Best in Show at the 2008 Biennial of Contemporary Realism at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been included in numerous publications including Studio Visits and Paint Pulse Magazine. Teresa Dunn is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Michigan State University in East Lansing where she has been teaching since 2006.



M o t h e r l o a d

Becoming a mother drastically changed my way of working and world view. My most recent paintings are not about motherhood nor my own life as a mother. Instead they explore aspects of my thought that have been impacted by the act of delivering a baby and the intensity of raising a child. Through poetic visual analogy I respond to my profound awareness of moving through life towards mortality. My paintings value sensuality, directly observed interactions, merging spaces, and the passage of time. This work rejects the virtual disconnect of contemporary social experience to embrace processes and surfaces that invite lingering and nuanced relationships. These intimately observed paintings suggest object-hood, time, and place yet are unwilling to fully divulge their authority and origins through accumulations of improvised and orchestrated responses to evolving and syncopated moments. I aim to echo the complexity of the sensually perceived world with delicate and dense paintings that tease the line between image and abstraction.