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Torkwase Dyson

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Environmental artist Torkwase Dyson received her MFA from Yale University in painting in 2003. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Corcoran College of Art, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Awards include Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Spelman College Art Colony Fellowship, National Women’s Studies Association Travel Grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship and the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center Prize.


Her series of mobile solar powered sculptures, Studio South Zero have been supported and exhibited by the City of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, and Dorchester Projects, in Chicago Il. As a PADI certified diver Dyson’s ongoing project Black Light uses light as architecture to create installations in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The minimal images address the history of oceanic climate conditions during the Middle Passage. Torkwase is based in Brooklyn, NY.