FMU to feature paintings by Tonya Gregg, Feb. 21-April 6
FLORENCE, S.C. – “Adventures in Ladyhood,” paintings by Tonya Gregg, will be on display as part of Francis Marion University’s Art Gallery Series, Feb. 21 through April 6.
The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery.
Tonya Gregg is one of South Carolina’s most promising young African-American painters. She has already won numerous awards for her work and had two major exhibitions. She attended the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts in South Carolina while in high school, and won a full scholarship to the Maryland Art Institute. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship and fellowship to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, which she earned in June 2000.
“My work explores personal and social perspectives on identity,” Gregg said. “Broad themes that weave in and out of my work include gender relations, adult conflicts related to identity, and public vs. private spaces. I am fascinated with popular culture and its role in shaping our identities. I wish to consider the cultural transformations and debates that surround the rise of leisure, commercial culture, and consumption as new domains of self expression. I am especially interested in these narratives and how they relate to myself and African American women in general.”
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