Visiting Artist: Torkwase Dyson

Torkwase Dyson was born in Chicago Il, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi. Living back and forth between these regions she developed sensitivity towards architecture, mobility, and urbanism. During her 5 years at Tougalloo College she majored is Sociology, and double minored in Social Work and Fine Art. Here she began to examine painting, black history and environmental justice. In the next 10 years Dyson traveled to Africa and South and Central America to participate with artists and activists on human rights issues of natural resources, historic visibility, and spatial equality. These experiences inspire Dyson’s investigations around nomadicity, representation, data visualization, and site.  Ms. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, Kravets Webhy, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship and Yaddo. Dyson’s work has also been supported by the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and was appointed lecturer in painting/printmaking at Yale in 2015.