Dunson, Sam


2000    Savannah College of Art and Design, (Presidential Fellowship), MFA, Savannah, Ga.

1992    Tennessee State University, BS, Nashville, Tn.

1997    Adobe Illustrator 6.0-7.0, CE,  Nashville Technical Institute



2012    SUPERPOWER (August 2012), Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012    Coping Mechanisms, John C. Hutcheson Gallery, Nashville, TN

2011    Here and Now (January 2011), Thigpen Gallery, Nashville, TN

2009    Trading Stories, Estel Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2008    Trivial Pursuit, Divinity Art Space Gallery, Vanderbilt, University, Nashville, Tn.

2008    Terra Firma, TAG Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

2007    Introducing, (October 2007), TAG Art Gallery, (Side Gallery) Nashville, TN

2006    ...Fear Itself, (August 2006), Brownlee Currey Jr. Gallery: Watkins College of Art and Design,

           Nashville, Tn.

2006    MySpace, (May 2006), Thigpen Gallery: Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

2005    Appropriate Mythology, Arnold Gallery: Shorter College, Rome, GA

2005    My Heritage, Images from the Family Circus, Pearl Gallery: The Ohio State University,

           Mansfield, OH

2004    Mother Goose and Other Revisionist Tales, In The Gallery, Nashville, TN

2003    The Watermelon Chronicles, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Fl.

2003    Presenting Samuel Dunson, Americas Arts Gallery, Gettysburg, Pa.

2002    Elevators and Icons, Thigpen Gallery, Shorter College, Rome, Ga.

2001    Artist’s As, The Arts Company, Nashville, Tn.

2000    New York or Bust, Residence Park, Dayton, Oh.

2000    A Day in the Life, Beach Institute, Savannah, Ga.

1999    Spiritual Destinies, In The Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

1998    Double DD, Susan Demay and Samuel Dunson, In The Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

1998    My Coming of Age, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, Tn,

1997    African American History Jamboree, Warner Bros. Studio, Nashville, Tn.

1996    Jazznet Solo Artist, Nashville Convention Center,, Nashville, Tn.

1996    Dual Beginnings, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tn. State University, Nashville, TN

1995    From Beginning to End, In The Gallery, Artrageous 1995, Nashville, Tn.



2012    Creature, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tn.

2011    War and Peace, Gallery F, Nashville, Tn.

2011    Connecting Cultures, (Teaching Artist in connection with the Sudanese Community),

           Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

2011    In The Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley

           Kinsey, Smithsonian Museum of American Culture, Washington D.C.

2010    Hands on Nashville, Rymer Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2010    Lamentations, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tn.

2010    Art of Protest, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tn.

2008    HVG Biennial

2008    Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tn.

2008    In The Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley

           Kinsey, Turner Museum, West Palm Beach, Fl.

2008    Call and Response, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2007    In The Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley

           Kinsey, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA : Sankofa Museum, Chicago

2007    Common Hope, Common Sorrow: Art of the African Diaspora, Cultural Arts Building Gallery,

           University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

2006    Happenstance, Colour Purple Gallery, Dayton, Oh.

2005    Simply Red, In The Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2005    Artquest: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Artquest Artist Space, Nashville, Tn.

Work     Exhibited: Loose Rope Walker

2003    Faculty Show, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2003    Real Illusions, Frist Center For the Arts, Nashville, Tn.

2002    African American Visions, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tn.

2001    Switchyard 2001, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

2001    An Evening with the Arts, Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, Tn.

2000    For the Sake of Art,Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville, Tn.

2000    Caring Artist’s of Tennessee, Art International Museum Gallery of Atlanta, Ga

2000    Black Heritage Festival, Art Invitational, Savannah Public Library, Savannah, Ga

2000    Matters of the Heart, Rapid Transit Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, Ga.

1999    From Africa to America: Honoring Our Ancestors, William King Regional Arts Center, Curated

           in conjunction with the six hour series: “I’ll Make Me A World:

           A century of African American Arts”, Abingdon, Va.

1998    Nashville International Airport, Arts in the Airport Project, Nashville, Tn.

1997    Reflections of a People, Juried Arts Invitational, Nashville, Tn.

1997    Sistah Griot “Telling the Story”, Watkins Institute Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

           (Scholarship Commemorating the life of Barbara Bullock)

1997    Visions of My People: A Historic Look at African American Art in Tennessee From the 1920’s

           to the Present, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tn.

1997    N4Art Invitational, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

1997    Garments of Praise:Painted Clothing Exhibition, In The Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

1996    Ebony Showcase ‘96, Oak Ridge Arts Center, Oak Ridge, Tn.

1995    Black History Show and Sell, Woodmont Gallery, Woodmont, Tn.

1994    The Aces, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, Tn



2009    Will Ayers, “Estel Showcases Narrative Paintings...”, The Tennessean Newspaper: May 5, 2009

2008    Eric Brown, "Illustrating a Trivial Pursuit:" Spirituality and the Community", The Talented Tenth:

           November 2008

2008    “Trivial Pursuit”, The Tennessean: October 30, 2008

2008    David Maddox, “Anything But Firm”, Nashville Scene: March 13, 2008

2004    Alan Bostick, "Rhymes, Riddles and Racism", The Tennessean Newspaper:

2003    Janel Stephens, "Immersed in Art 24 hours a Day",

           St Petersburg Times: March 30, 2003

2003    “The Big Idea” video created for The Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, Tn.

2003    Ruby Green gallery artist interview (Warhol Initiative), Nashville, Tn

2002    Alan Bostick, "Four Artists to Watch", The Tennessean Newspaper: Apr. 21, 2002

2002    "Elevators and Icons, Comes to Shorter", Rome News Tribune: Jan. 14 2002

2001     Participating artist in an Artist Documentary benefiting the Metro Arts Council, Nashville, Tn



2012    Nothing to Hide, The Genius of Samuel Dunson, Nashville Arts Magazine, June 2012

2009    A Finished Revolution, ZZ Packer, The Oxford American Magazine, Jan. 2009

2007    The Liberation of Samuel Dunson, Ned Andrew Solomon, Nashville Arts Magazine, December

2006    Creative Expressions, Bi-Annual Publication through Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

2005    Mother Goose and Other Revisionist Tales, Susan Knowles , reviews, Art Papers

2000    New American Paintings, Regional Competitions, MFA Annual

1999    State of Mind: The Artistry of Tennessee, 40th anniversary calendar for the Phillips

           Printing Company



2012    100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art, Selected By Peers of Oxford

           American Magazine

2000    Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient (Graduate Painting), Savannah College of Art and

           Design, Savannah, Ga

2000    Artlink International Young Artist Auction, Sotheby's, New York City, NY

1999    Presidential Fellowship Recipient , Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga

1996    Southern Arts Federation Grant Finalist

1990    John Arterberry Art Scholarship Recipient, Tennessee State University

1989    General Motors Honor Scholarship Recipient, Moraine, Oh.



2004    Mural Commissioned for Dangure’s Cafeteria

2003    Painting Commissioned for the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

1998    Book cover commissioned for “Over the Bridge” by author Brian Egeston

1997    Painting created for the “Let Freedom Ring” concert series: Commissioned by the Nashville

           Symphony Orchestra

1997    Mural Commissioned by the Wharton Arts Magnet School, Nashville, Tn.

1997    Magazine cover illustration commissioned by the YMCA Youth Mentoring Program

1994    Jazz South Compilation CD cover Design Winner, Through the Southern Arts Federation