University of Texas Dallas (UTD) Richardson, Texas
2018- present: PhD History of Aesthetics (Interdepartmental)
Anticipated Dissertation Project: “Ethics, the Beholder, and the Work of Art: Continental Aesthetics and Modernism in Painting.” Expected completion: 2022.
2016-2017: MA History of Aesthetics
Thesis Portfolio: Essays “Heidegger, Monet and the Rouen Cathedral Series: Temporality, Perception and Poetry”; “Beauty as Phenomenon: Cassatt and Gadamer.”
Committee: Dr. Richard Brettell (Chair), Dr. Charles Bambach (Co-Chair), Dr. Fredrick Turner
Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dallas, Texas
2007-2009: MA courses Art History. Advisor: Dr. Janis Bergman-Carton.
2000-2004: BFA Art History, Major. Studio Arts, Minor. Departmental Distinction, Cum Laude. Relevant courses: Advanced Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, 2D Design, Drawing.
Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (PSCA) Pont-Aven, France
2006: Post-Baccalaureate, Painting and Printmaking.
Twentieth century continental philosophy, specifically phenomenology.
Nineteenth and twentieth century western art history, specifically Modernism.
The relationship between the artist, the viewer and the work of art as an important and singular space for ethics.
How artwork seen as a series reframes the viewer’s perception of time, ethics, and originality.
Oil painting, 2 and 3D compositional skills, product design, art historical knowledge, printmaking (intaglio, Japanese woodcut, relief prints). Fine jewelry crafts-person, working mostly with precious metals and precious or semi-precious stones. Currently a Teaching Assistant and PhD Student at the University of Texas, Dallas.
1999- Present: Owner/member of Amanda Dunbar LLC. Artist, entrepreneur and
business owner. Featured artist, working in media ranging from traditional oil paintings to bronze jewelry and functional Swarovski-encrusted instruments.
Actively promoted and curated exhibits, partnered in running the daily operations of running a store-front gallery. Heavily involved in the marketing, PR and both media and client relations. Planned, created and executed full exhibits of art work, actively collaborated with the community and help plan and execute various "non-art" events in the gallery space; participated in the day-to-day functions of the gallery, including greeting, selling, and product merchandizing.
2002-2019: Gallery Owner, Galerie Papillion.
Selected Academic Presentations
2017: North Texas Philosophical Association. “The Poetry of Monet’s Rouen Cathedrals Series: A Heideggerian Approach.” http://ntxpa.org/2017-ntpa-conference-program/
2019: North Texas Philosophical Association. “Gesturing Towards Justice: Ethics, Singularity, and the Work of Art.” http://ntxpa.org/2019-ntpa-conference-program/
2020: North Texas Philosophical Association. “Velázquez, Nietzsche and the Triumph of Bacchus.”(Cancelled due to COVID.)
2010: “Enigmatic Perspectives; Interpretive Realms; Labyrinth of Abstraction.” Agora Gallery, New York, NY. https://www.agora-gallery.com/artgalleryblog/contemporary-art-jan-2010/
Selected Honors and Awards
2009 Southern Methodist University, Distinguished Alumni Recipient of Emerging Leader Award
2009 DAR Americanism Award Recipient
Texas Women's Hall of Fame Induction 2006
Redbull "Art of the Can" Judge, 2006
Texas Health Resources "Community Star Award", 2002
Commissioned "State Artist of Texas", 2005
Ambassador to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
World Cranial Facial Foundation "Smile Award", 2008
Spirit of Texas Award, 2001
D Magazine, "The Best of Big D" issue, "Best Angst-less Artist", 2002
Proclamation of October 14th, 2000 as "Amanda Dunbar Day" by the Mayor of the City of Allen
Keys to the cities of Colleyville, Southlake, Grapevine and Allen, Texas, and West Palm Beach, Florida
Certificate of Commendation from The United States Senate and Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator from California
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009: Public introduction to Precious Rebels Collection, Longview Museum of Fine Art, Longview, TX. Curator, Director Renee Hawkins
2008: Precious Rebels Launch, Gibson Entertainment Relations Showroom, Private Exhibit, Austin, TX. Art Basel Miami, FL
2006: Acta Es Perdita. Centre International d Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France. Panache, Millennium Center, Allen, TX. Home, Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX. GuitarTown, Austin TX. Induction Exhibit, Driskill Hotel, Austin, TX
2005 - Reefs and Rainforests, Galerie Papillon, Dallas, TX. Reefs and Rainforests, Exposures Gallery, Sedona AZ. Reefs and Rainforests, Lawrence Galleries, Portland OR
2004 - Retrospective of the Year, Galerie Papillon, Dallas TX. Retrospective of the Year, Lawrence Gallery, Portland OR. Retrospective of the Year, Exposures Gallery, Sedona AZ. An Introduction to Fiji, The Belo Mansion, Dallas TX. An Introduction to Fiji,The Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas TX. An Introduction to Fiji, Sothebys, Los Angeles CA. An Introduction to Fiji, Bellagio Art Gallery, Las Vegas NV 2003 - Viste dell’ Italia / Views of Italy, Galerie Papillon, Dallas TX. Viste dell’ Italia / Views of Italy, Lawrence Gallery, Portland OR. Viste dell’ Italia / Views of Italy, Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago IL. Viste dell’ Italia / Views of Italy, Studio of Long Grove, Long Grove IL. Featured Artist, Art Expo New York, Jacob Javitz Center, New York NY.
2002 - France, Florence Art Gallery, Dallas TX. France, Lawrence Gallery, Portland OR. France, Lawrence Gallery, Sheridan OR. Art From The Heart, Florence Art Gallery, Dallas TX
2001 - Celebrating The Art and Youth of Amanda Dunbar, Bal Harbour Gallery at City Place, West Palm Beach, FL. Celebrating The Art and Youth of Amanda Dunbar, Bal Harbour Gallery, Bal Harbour FL. Mother's Day Tribute, Florence Art Gallery. Celebrating The Art of Amanda Dunbar, Austin, TX.
1999 - Premier Exhibit, Florence Art Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Selected Museums and Exhibition Affiliations
Longview Museum. Longview, TX
Musée Pont Aven. Pont Aven FR
Austin Museum of Art. Austin TX
Jesuit Museum. Dallas TX
Tiffin University, Hayes Center for the Arts. Tiffin OH
Centre International d Art Contemporain. Pont-Aven, France
Selected Professional Organizations and Affiliations
Texas Women for the Arts
The Texas Cultural Trust
Oil Painters Of America
Arts Council Ft. Worth TX
Texans for the Arts
Dallas Arts Council
Visual Arts Coalition of Dallas
Dallas Women's Museum
Selected Corporate Collections
Thomas Properties Group, Austin, TX
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, CA
Schultz and Assoc., Dallas, TX
Morgan Lewis, Dallas, TX
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano,
Texas Health Resources, Plano TX
FAO Schwarz, Manhattan Corporate Offices, New York NY
Trump Towers, Corporate Executive Suites, Manhattan, New York, NY
Allen City Hall, Allen TX
Allen Fire Stations, Allen TX
Allen Police Station, Allen TX
Euless Fire Station, Euless TX
Various Fire Stations New York, NY
Texas Health Resources Headquarters, Arlington TX
Texas Medical Association Headquarters, Austin TX
Public Art "Twinkle, Twinkle, Lone Star", Austin, TX
“Guitar town Miami”, Miami HEAT Sculpture, Miami, FL
"The Stone Dam", Allen City Hall, Allen, TX
Ronald MacDonald House, Dallas, TX
Children's Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Children's Medical Center, Legacy, Plano, TX
Special Projects and Endorsements
Mattel's Barbie as Rapunzel DVD. Special DVD feature entitled "The Artist in Me"
MADD Production entitled IRL (In Real Life)
Book / Publication
Amanda Dunbar, 2001. Guided By Angels. Atlanta: Longstreet Press/ Taylor Trade Publishing