Dawn Tree

Artist | Entrepreneur | Activist

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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 self taught professional abstract surrealist artist and owner of a creative marketing agency, Underground Tree Studios.

Her love and focus on her art career has led her to hold artist residences, contribute to many art exhibitions and even 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 and her imagination and explained in a digestible and truth telling way.

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.

View Art here: Accra, Ghana at Abajo Art Gallery + Culture Café, Baltimore, MD Land of Kush, Black Liquid Lounge, Tulsa, OK & Blowout Hair Studio, Tulsa, OK.

Featured Art Series’

The Frequency of Fear – Sneak Peak

Artist Resume

Solo Exhibitions 

Jan. 2011 Exhibition in Scales Residence (Residency Solo) | Tulsa, OK
March 2011 Tabaq Bistro Nova Rays Exhibition, (Solo) | Washington, DC
Aug. 2012 DC Scoop Gallery, (Solo) | Washington, DC
Aug. 2013 Chief Ike’s (Solo) | Washington, DC
June 2014 Busboys & Poets | 5th & K Washington, DC | (6 month show)
Feb. 2016 Smith Commons (Solo) | Washington, DC
May 2016 Cambria Hotel (Solo) | Washington, DC
March 2017 Peace and a cup of Joe | Baltimore, MD
June 2017 Juneteenth exhibition at Blow Out Salon | Tulsa, OK

Jan 2018 AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center | Solomon’s Island, MD
Feb 2018 Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing arts | OKC, OK
Feb 2018 Greenwood Archive, Art, Curio | Tulsa OK
April 2018 Lang Gallery | Burlington, NJ
June 2018 The Juice | Abstract Distraction | St. Louis, MO
July 2018 UrbArts Gallery | during Lyrical Therapy | St. Louis, MO
Sept 2018 Freedom CBD Pharm | Kendal Whittier Art Crawl | Tulsa, OK
Oct 2018 Pan African Connection | Dallas, TX
Nov 2018 B(A)LM Studio | Philadelphia, PA
Nov 2018 Nuyorican Poets Cafe | Brooklyn, NY
February 2019 Four Chapter Gallery | Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Kansas City, MO
August 2019 Abajo Arts & Culture Gallery | Art & Politics via Aquarian Rising & Chale Wote Festival ft. Donisha Prendergast, 1st granddaughter to Bob Marley | Accra, Ghana
Nov 2019 Abajo Arts & Culture Gallery | Evergreen Series | 6 series artwok based on Ghana Political & Social Issues plaguing the country | Accra, Ghana
Jan 2020 The Madison House | Self-Love + Spiritual | 4 piece series based on Dawn Tree personal emotions | Washington, DC
Jan 2020 The Land of Kush | Self-Love + Spiritual | 4 piece series based on Dawn Tree personal emotions | Baltimore, MD

Press Links

Channel 8 News
Channel 6 NewsFox 23 News
Tulsa WorldThe Oklahoma Eagle
The Oklahoma Eagle 2
TCC Connect Podcast, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Keep Your Crown Up Philadelphia, PA (iTunes) 
Keep Your Crown Up (Spotify)
Keep Your Crown Up (Google)
BMORE News , Baltimore, Maryland
The Juice Radio Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Vital GH FM Accra Ghana

 

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 (2018-19) Somanya, Ghana

Speaking Engagements
2016 University Oklahoma Alumni minority dinner | Tulsa, OK
May 2017 DC Music Summit, Hst, Washington, DC
Feb. 2018 TCC, High School Career Day, Tulsa, OK
Mar. 2018 McClain High School Junior & Senior Girls, Tulsa OK
Aug. 2018 Philbrook Museum Talkback Taja Lindley: The Bag Lady Manifesta
February 2019 Four Chapter Gallery | Tulsa’s Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation 1921 | w/ Mechelle Brown, Program Director at Greenwood Cultural Center
Aug. 2019 Art + Politics | Aquarian Rising & Chale Wote | Accra, Ghana

 

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

Exhibiting details and fees available upon request. 

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

Art Currently Hanging

Land of Kush 840 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Cuts by Khena Tulsa, Oklahoma
Abajo Arts & Culture Center, Accra Art Center, Accra, Ghana

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Group Exhibitions | Spaces

 ​2006-2008 University of Oklahoma Student Union Art Gallery | Norman, Ok |
2010 Dekka Gallery |1338 Ust. Washington, DC |
2010 Edges of the World Arts Market | Rhode Island District, DC | June
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
Aug 2010 First on 1st Art Walk | Bloomingdale District, Wash, DC
Nov. 2011 Pigtown Arts Festival/Artdomeda | Baltimore, MD |
Jan. 2011 Perceptions Finagled | Mt. Rainier, MD
Feb. 2011 Tree Hearts showcase (Everlasting Life) | Washington, DC
May 2012 Blue Dome Art’s Fest |Tulsa, OK
June 2012 Outra Eclipse Gallery exhibition (Collaborative with Steven Brothers) | Tulsa, OK
June 2013 A Poet Art Gallery | Philadelphia, PA
April 2015 Pancake & Booze | Washington, DC
Jan. 2017 Museum of Impact hosted Upstanders ~ MLK tribute 2 day exhibition | Urban Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Live Paint)
Dec. 2017 Greenwood Art, Archive, Curio Preview opening
July 2017 Jazz Museum fundraiser hosted by African American Museum | Oklahoma City, OK
April 2018 Mr. Henry’s DC | Omni Collective | Washington, DC
May 2018 Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing Art Center | Oklahoma City, OK
Nov. 2018 Black Liberated Artist  | Black Wall Street: Modernized Revelation | Philadelphia, PA
Artist Residency
Jan. 2011 Exhibition in Scales Residence (Residency Solo) | Tulsa, OK
Jan. 2018 MLK Days Public Art Project Residency | Solomon’s Island, MD
July 2019 Teaching Entrepreneurship (Summer Camp) | Greenwood Culture Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Live Painting
April 2016’ Honey Groove Festival (Live Paint) | Whino Space, Washington, DC
May 2016 Bethea Wedding Reception (Live Paint)
June 2016 DC Arts Center Cuisine de Artiste (Live Paint)| Madison Mansion Wash. DC
Jan. 2017 Museum of Impact hosted Upstanders ~ MLK tribute 2 day exhibition | Urban Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Live Paint)
Sept. 2017 Honey Groove Festival | Wash, DC
May 2018 John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Literacy Dedication | Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

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