Dawn Tree

Artist | Entrepreneur | Activist | Journalist

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I’m a living abstract artist that uses surrealist and realistic accents. I draw inspiration from and paint on wood.

 

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1985 St. Louis MO

2007 B.A. Journalism, Minor Africana Studios University of Oklahoma

2012 A.A. Graphic/Web Design Tulsa Technology Center

Resides in both Eastern Region of Ghana & Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dawn Tree is a professional graphic and abstract surrealist artist. The owner of art house, Underground Tree Studios.

Her love and focus on her art career has led her to hold artist residences, contribute to many art exhibitions and publish a book. In 2019 Tree published a graphic art history book entitled Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: A Modernized Revelation. The book takes her graphic art history composed of archived photos from the largest race massacre in history that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, her imagination and explained in a digestible and truth telling way with remnants of hope.

Justice is a resounding theme in most if not all the work Tree creates.

A majority of her works are on wood, combining various mediums of paint & materials from aerosol, latex acrylic, gold leaf and found branches, feathers, shells and more.

Pieces are intended to provoke thought of community, humanity, spirituality and connections of present and past. They often use bright colors that contrast with each other; allowing you to interpret and see many perspectives within one.

Work on Display:

The Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge, 10 N. Greenwood, Tulsa, OK

Abajo Art Gallery + Culture Café, Accra, Ghana

Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw, Baltimore, MD

There’s lots more, believe. Private collection.

You can find Dawn Tree on all social media platforms as Underground Tree or Underground Tree Studios.

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Featured Art Series’

The Frequency of Fear – Sneak Peak

Americana Series by Dawn Tree

Highlighting the known fact that African Americans are the thread of America’s existence

2 spirit-ual Series

A visual reflection of masculine and feminine energy combined with the pink panther as a cartoon depiction

Each series is available for display and/or purchase

Press Links

Channel 8 News
Channel 6 News
Pi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Fox 23 News
Tulsa World
The Oklahoma Eagle
The Oklahoma Eagle 2
TCC Connect Podcast, Tulsa, Oklahoma
BMORE News , Baltimore, Maryland
The Juice Radio Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Vital GH FM Accra Ghana
Live InPowered
105.3 FM KJAMZ Tulsa OK

AWARDS

2022 Oklahoma Press Association 1st place for Opinion Editorial Writing for Oklahoma Eagle Newspaper, Journalist Award

2021. Black Church Traditions & African American Faith-Life at Phillips Theological Seminary. Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: A Modernized Revelation graphic,” received Runner-Up Commendation for the Best in Class category, 2D Visual Art & Photography.

EDUCATION
2009
University of Oklahoma, BA Journalism, Minor Africana Studies

2012
Tulsa Technology, Graphic Design/Web Development

 

Medium
A majority of her works are on wood, combining various mediums of paint & materials from aerosol, latex acrylic, water based acrylic, oil to vinyl records to create.
Pieces often provoke thought of community, humanity, spirituality and connections of present and past. They often use bright colors that contrast with each other; allowing you to interpret and see many perspectives within one. Someone once said to her, you really have to think about your work. Simple, but that’s genuinely the point. Thought.

Murals

Grounded Visions youth mural (2011) Wash, DC
Conquer your fears youth mural (2013) Wash, DC
Martin Luther King jr. Group mural (2017) Solomons Island, MD
Horses a blaze (2018) Tulsa, OK
Playroom Indoor  youth mural (2018) Tulsa, OK
Lotty Locs Salon mural (2018) Somanya, Ghana

Willa’s Books & Vinyl (2022) Kansas City, MO

Black Wall Street Market Sign (2023) Tulsa, OK

 

 

Speaking Engagements
August 2023 Oak Bluffs Library | Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts | Greenwood Joy Experience
Feb 2023 Northeastern Oklahoma University | Black Wall Street Presentation | Miami, OK
June 2022 Americana | Vast. Bank  | Tulsa, OK
April 2022 The Well Church | Kaiser YMCA | Tulsa, OK
March 2022 Bristow High School | High School Students | Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Tulsa, OK
March 2020 Mt. Vernon AME Church | Tulsa, Oklahoma|  Modernized Revelation Artwork Exhibition based off Black Wall Street Massacre
February 2019 Four Chapter Gallery | Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Kansas City, MO
Aug. 2019 Art + Politics | Aquarian Rising & Chale Wote | Accra, Ghana
Mar. 2018 McClain High School Junior & Senior Girls, Tulsa OK
Feb. 2018 TCC, High School Career Day, Tulsa, OK
Aug. 2018 Philbrook Museum Talkback Taja Lindley: The Bag Lady Manifesta
Nov 2018 Nuyorican Poets Cafe | Brooklyn, NY
May 2017 DC Music Summit, Hst, Washington, DC
2016 University Oklahoma Alumni minority dinner | Tulsa, OK

Commissions

2023 Downtown Tulsa Curbside Haiku Initiative

2023 Willa’s Books & Vinyl, Kansas City, MO

 

Available for Live Painting, Mural work, Exhibiting, Classroom talks.

Exhibiting details and fees available upon request. 

 

Solo Exhibitions

Aug 2022 The Sun, Where I’d Like to be | Gilcrease Museum Curations | Mother Road | Tulsa, OK

June 2022 Americana | Vast. Bank  | Tulsa, OK

April 2022 The Well Church | Kaiser YMCA | Tulsa, OK

March 2022 Bristow High School | High School Students | Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Tulsa, OK

February 2022 The Greenwood Joy Experience | Dennis R. Neil Equality Center | Tulsa, OK

April-June 2021 The Greenwood Joy Experience | Greenwood Art Project (Bloomberg Philanthropies) | Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK

March 2020 Mt. Vernon AME Church | Tulsa, Oklahoma|  Modernized Revelation Artwork Exhibition based off Black Wall Street Massacre

Jan 2020 The Land of Kush | Self-Love + Spiritual | 4 piece series based on Dawn Tree personal emotions | Baltimore, MD

Jan 2020 The Madison House | Self-Love + Spiritual | 4 piece series based on Dawn Tree personal emotions | Washington, DC

Nov 2019 Abajo Arts & Culture Gallery | Evergreen Series | 6 series artwok based on Ghana Political & Social Issues plaguing the country | Accra, Ghana

August 2019 Abajo Arts & Culture Gallery | Art & Politics via Aquarian Rising & Chale Wote Festival ft. Donisha Prendergast, 1st granddaughter to Bob Marley | Accra, Ghana

February 2019 Four Chapter Gallery | Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Kansas City, MO

Nov 2018 Nuyorican Poets Cafe | Brooklyn, NY

Nov 2018 B(A)LM Studio | Philadelphia, PA

Oct 2018 Pan African Connection | Dallas, TX

Sept 2018 Freedom CBD Pharm | Kendal Whittier Art Crawl | Tulsa, OK

July 2018 UrbArts Gallery | during Lyrical Therapy | St. Louis, MO

June 2018 The Juice | Abstract Distraction | St. Louis, MO

April 2018 Mixed Collection | Lang Gallery | Burlington, NJ

Feb 2018 Greenwood Archive, Art, Curio | Tulsa OK

Feb 2018 Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing arts | OKC, OK

Jan 2018 AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center | Solomon’s Island, MD

June 2017 Juneteenth exhibition at Blow Out Salon | Tulsa, OK

March 2017 Peace and a cup of Joe | Baltimore, MD
May 2016 Cambria Hotel (Solo) | Washington, DC

Feb. 2016 Smith Commons (Solo) | Washington, DC
June 2014 Busboys & Poets | 5th & K Washington, DC | (6 month show)
Aug. 2013 Chief Ike’s (Solo) | Washington, DC

Aug. 2012 DC Scoop Gallery, (Solo) | Washington, DC

March 2011 Tabaq Bistro Nova Rays Exhibition, (Solo) | Washington, DC

Group Exhibitions | Spaces

August 2021 Holding Space ft. Frequency of Fear series | University of Tulsa | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nov. 2018 Black Liberated Artist  | Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Philadelphia, PA

May 2018 Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing Art Center | Oklahoma City, OK

April 2018 Mr. Henry’s DC | Omni Collective | Washington, DC

July 2017 Jazz Museum fundraiser hosted by African American Museum | Oklahoma City, OK

Dec. 2017 Greenwood Art, Archive, Curio Preview opening

Jan. 2017 Museum of Impact hosted Upstanders ~ MLK tribute 2 day exhibition | Urban Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Live Paint)

April 2015 Pancake & Booze | Washington, DC

June 2013 A Poet Art Gallery | Philadelphia, PA

June 2012 Outra Eclipse Gallery exhibition (Collaborative with Steven Brothers) | Tulsa, OK

May 2012 Blue Dome Art’s Fest |Tulsa, OK

Feb. 2011 Tree Hearts showcase (Everlasting Life) | Washington, DC

Jan. 2011 Perceptions Finagled | Mt. Rainier, MD

Nov. 2011 Pigtown Arts Festival/Artdomeda | Baltimore, MD |

Aug 2010 First on 1st Art Walk | Bloomingdale District, Wash, DC

2010 – 2011 Grounded Vision’s Mural (Lead Muralist organizer) | Georgia Avenue, Washington, DC | Sankofa Bookstore featured the art installation for 1 year | Participation from Muralist Joel Bergner, Elizabeth Stewart, Ziggy

2010 Edges of the World Arts Market | Rhode Island District, DC | June

2010 Dekka Gallery |1338 Ust. Washington, DC |

 2006-2008 University of Oklahoma Student Union Art Gallery | Norman, Ok |

Artist Residency

Feb 2019 Abajo Arts & Culture | Evergreen | Okusumo/Accra Ghana

July 2019 Teaching Entrepreneurship (Summer Camp) | Greenwood Culture Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jan. 2018 MLK Days Public Art Project Residency | Solomon’s Island, MD

Jan. 2011 Exhibition in Scales Residence (Residency Solo) | Tulsa, OK

Live Painting

May 2018 John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Literacy Dedication | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sept. 2017 Honey Groove Festival | Wash, DC

Jan. 2017 Museum of Impact hosted Upstanders ~ MLK tribute 2 day exhibition | Urban Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Live Paint)

June 2016 DC Arts Center Cuisine de Artiste (Live Paint)| Madison Mansion Wash. DC

May 2016 Bethea Wedding Reception (Live Paint)

April 2016’ Honey Groove Festival (Live Paint) | Whino Space, Washington, DC

The Greenwood Joy Experience.
April 2021-June2021



Dawn Tree speaking to University of Tulsa students about art exhibit "Frequency of Fear"