Clark Atlanta University Art Museum Presents Inaugural Tina Dunkley Fellow Exhibitions


ATLANTA, GA – December 10, 2019 – Clark Atlanta University Art Museum in collaboration with the Zuckerman Museum of Art presents the inaugural Tina Dunkley Fellow exhibitions opening spring of 2020 at the Zuckerman Museum of Art. UNBOUND and Looming Chaos are the cumulative projects of the inaugural Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows Nzinga Simmons and TK Smith. The exhibitions approach abstraction and its use in interrogating identity, politics, and artistic expression. In a unique collaboration, the multi-institutional, cross-regional curatorial fellowship is a partnership between Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Created by Dr. Maurita Poole (CAUAM), the late Justin Rabideau (ZMA), and Brooke Davis Anderson (PAFA), the fellowship is meant to foster the next generation of museum professionals. The exhibitions will be on view at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University.

Enjoy a free reception on January 25, 2020 at the Zuckerman Museum of Art from 4 pm to 6 pm. The spring exhibitions will be on view through May 10, 2020.

UNBOUND, curated by Nzinga Simmons, brings together a multigenerational group of artists whose work takes an inventive and experimental approach to abstraction. Their works consider the essential elements of abstract painting: color, form, gesture, line, and space, through unorthodox use of materials that break the confines of a rectangular canvas, and implode the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. The works on view hang, stretch, tether, and dangle off the walls, breaking free from the bounds of figuration, and complicating the boundaries of painting itself. UNBOUND features the works of Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Joe Overstreet, Eric N. Mack, Anthony Akinbola, Krista Clark, and Tariku Shiferaw.

Looming Chaos, curated by TK Smith, is a solo exhibition of Atlanta-based artist Zipporah Camille Thompson. The exhibition explores her use of weaving to engage ideas of chaos. Thompson conceptualizes chaos as the tensions associated with personal and universal experiences of disaster and catastrophe. Her weaving practice enables her to materialize the destruction, disorder, and confusions of the world, transforming them into fantastical fiber abstractions. The deterioration of the environment, tumultuous personal histories, and the complexities of her own identity become fodder for creation.

The spring exhibitions will run through May 10, 2020. To learn more, please visit

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Clark Atlanta University Art Museum provides a range of aesthetic and educational experiences for the Clark Atlanta University community and the general public. In serving both the academic goals of the institution and public interests, the museum disseminates knowledge about and stimulates interest in African and African Diaspora art via special exhibitions, programs, and publications developed in-house, and in cooperation with other museums and cultural institutions. The exhibitions and related programs are specifically designed to enhance the development of these communities through the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of fine art that engage with key art movements and intellectual currents of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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