CV/Bio

 

Toni Kersey is a mixed media fiber artist whose background as a graphic designer informs her work. She began designing and making quilts in 2005. After studying fabric painting techniques her creative focus shifted to fiber art.  Since that time, she has concentrated on developing a creative language that fuses African-American quilt making with abstract painting, dying, beading and printing techniques.  

Ms. Kersey received her Bachelor of Arts/Graphic Design degree from the University of Illinois. She was an award-winning logo designer and her work was published in "American Corporate Identity 4". Toni taught for many years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has exhibited locally and nationally.


Selected Juried Exhibitions:

Huron Valley Council for the Arts "Women’s Stories: Quilt Exhibit” 2007

Ohio Valley Arts League “Spoken With Hands” 2008

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum "Sisters in Cloth" 2008

Allentown Art Museum “30th Juried Exhibition” 2009

Art in City Hall "On The Fringe of Fiber" 2009

Woodmere Art Museum "Contemporary Voices" 2009

Goggle Works Center for the Arts "More Than Fiber" 2010

Main Line Art Center 2011

The State Museum of Pennsylvania "Art of the State" 2012


Solo Exhibitions:

Philadelphia International Airport "Toni Kersey from the Soul" August 2014 —March 2015


Group Exhibitions:

International Quilt Festival-Houston, Texas 2010

Leeway Foundation "Intertwined" 2010

Art Sanctuary "Conjure.Speak.Invoke" 2012


Grants/Awards:

Leeway Foundation “Art and Social Change” Grant 2007

Maurice Freed Memorial Prize (for oil or mixed media)

Leeway Foundation "Art and Change" Grant 2012

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

"Professional Development" Grant 2012

Third Prize for Craft—Greater Harrisburg Arts Council


Public Collections:

Health Partners Inc.

Althea Gibson Education and Tennis Center


Professional Workshops and Artist Talks:
Art Sanctuary—Artist Talk—2012
Philadelphia International Airport—Demonstration—2015
Michener Art Museum—Artist Talk—2015
African American Museum Philadelphia—Artists Talk—2016


Publications:
 

"American Corporate Identity" by Art Direction Books 

"500 Art Quilts" by Lark Books