Talk Show Host / Interviewer at Cablevision Public Access
As a self-taught artist, Toni Quest engages in art to express her feelings genuinely and with impact. The canvas has been a vehicle for her to discover feelings that linger deep within. She became an artist in 1994 after surviving a head on auto collision. Her multiple injuries left her head spinning, her boyfriend bolting, and her heart and soul screaming. While recovering at home in much physical and emotional pain, she began painting faces giving birth to her Screaming Woman ® series. Since then, Toni Quest has licensed her award-winning painting for the book cover, View From the Middle of The Road Volume II, U.S. in Us. A selection of her poetry is also included in this anthology.
In March of 2007, Quest was interviewed on Internet Voices Radio by Dr. Niama Williams. She spoke about her artwork and her recently published poetry. During May of 2006, Toni Quest’s portraits of James Brown were included in the Visual Soul Exhibition commemorating Brown’s 50th year in show business. Quest’s work was displayed at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum in Augusta , GA before the legendary soul singer’s passing.
In June and July of 2006, Quest was named one of Westchester County’s leading new artists in the Westchester Business Journal. She was selected by the Westchester Arts Council to exhibit in their Young Emerging Artists exhibition (YEA) in White Plains, NY. Although most of her work has been portraiture, TQ also brings her same spirit to other subjects and incorporates it into her teaching by sharing with her students the techniques she used to teach herself. By exercising her artistic abilities, she was able to heal herself from post-trauma stress disorder, deal with physical and emotional pain, and combat Multiple Sclerosis.
Although TQ was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after her life-altering car accident, she will never say that she ‘has’ MS. This is because she will not ‘take ownership of the disease.’ She prefers to ‘remain in denial,’ rather than give the disease ‘air time’ in her brain. In her own words, ‘my brain knows I’m in charge of my body. Sometimes I need to read it the riot act, but I’m in charge.’
Through her art, TQ bears her soul as well as her affinity to the collective consciousness of human kind. Her intent is to provoke emotion and thought, thus inspiring constructive communication about one’s relationships to others and the world around us. TQ became the host of a radio talk show in 2008. The interviewing process comes naturally to her because she is genuinely interested in people and enjoys hearing about their creative odysseys. Her guests include visual artists, musicians, authors, gallery owners and many others affiliated with the art and literary world. Her show currently airs on Passionate World Radio (internetvoicesradio.com).
TQ currently lives in Peekskill, NY and is an adjunct professor of sociology and gerontology at the College of New Rochelle’s School for New Resources.
‘Actualized’ – Self-actualizing portraiture ©’ H-Art Gallery, Peekskill, NY, Dec 2015-Mar 2016
Open Studios – Screaming Woman ® Studio, Peekskill, NY, June
‘Actualized – Psychologically Illuminating’, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Newburgh, NY, April –May
Open Studios – Screaming Woman Studio, Peekskill, NY, June
Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Peekskill, NY, April
The Preservation Company, Peekskill, NY, February
Art Exhibit – BRC Gallery, July 25 – August 28
BRC Gallery at Bean Runner Café Presents ‘Actualized’ An Art Exhibit.
Actualizing, September 20 – October 23
An exhibition of original art, limited edition giclees, and limited edition prints by Toni Quest aka “TQ” in the DeWindt Gallery.
New Work on Exhibit, The John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, NY, November
Artist and poet Toni Quest exhibited paintings from her Neo Americana and Screaming Woman (TM) series.
PAA/Open Studios – Paramount Gallery, Peekskill, NY, June
Estrogenius – Theatre Lab Gallery, New York, NY, October
The Fifth Dimension, Peekskill, NY, May
Women’s History Month – Energy Movement Center, Peekskill, NY, March
Martin Luther King Commemoration Fundraiser, Peekskill, NY, January
Peekskill Arts Alliance, Small Works Exhibition, Peekskill, NY, November
‘Estrogenius’- Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, NY, October
‘Rebirth’ – AC-BAW Gallery, Mt. Vernon, NY, February – May
Quest and Yarnes Partner for Peekskill Open Studios, June
‘Points of View,’ at SUNYWCC, Peekskill Campus. A video featuring Yarnes and Quest.
Toni Quest Goes GAGA in in Garnerville, June 14 – July 15
The Outside In, Outsider Art Show featured works by 20 artists.
Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY, November
Arts Bash Features Young Emerging Artists, June
Young Emerging Artists, June
White Plains, NY, Westchester Arts Council’s annual ArtsBash party.