TONI QUEST

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ToniArtist, Curator, Educator

Talk Show Host / Interviewer at Cablevision Public Access

 

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ABOUT

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2016

‘Actualized’ – Self-actualizing portraiture ©’ H-Art Gallery, Peekskill, NY, Dec 2015-Mar 2016

2015    

Open Studios – Screaming Woman ® Studio, Peekskill, NY, June

‘Actualized – Psychologically Illuminating’, Karpeles Manuscript Library  Museum, Newburgh, NY, April –May

2014

Open Studios – Screaming Woman Studio, Peekskill, NY, June

Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Peekskill, NY, April                               

2013             

The Preservation Company, Peekskill, NY, February

2011

Art Exhibit – BRC Gallery, July 25 – August 28

BRC Gallery at Bean Runner Café Presents ‘Actualized’ An Art Exhibit.

2009

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.

2007

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.  

Group Exhibitions

2015
Curator –  ‘Art & Jazz’ – Gateway Art Center NYC, New York, NY, August
‘September Song’ – Gateway Art Center NYC, New York, NY, September
Embark, Peekskill, NY, Feb-March 2015

2014

PAA/Open Studios – Paramount Gallery, Peekskill, NY,   June  

2013    

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

2012

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.

2007

Toni Quest Goes GAGA in in Garnerville,  June 14 – July 15

The Outside In, Outsider Art Show featured works by 20 artists.

2006

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.

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