About

Robyn E Thompson-Duong

Magical realism, beauty and love of color, Robyn Thompson Duong’s work evokes pride in black culture and the spirit of femininity.  Drawing inspiration from art history, Robyn’s work deals with challenging the societal perceptions and stereotypes of Black femininity and beauty by depicting women of color as Mother Goddess, grand, graceful, and beautiful.  In the Western canon white women have been the default for mainstream ideals of beauty and femininity, while Black women were and still are seen as the antithesis of femininity.  Robyn’s work seeks to reappropriate the Black female image and what it means to be a woman of color.

 

Primarily a figurative artist, Robyn works in acrylics at her Boston studio.  As a black woman raised in the suburbs of Boston and often being the only person of color growing up, Robyn knows the importance of representation and seeing one’s self in the images and people around you, hence her work depicting women of color as the main subjects of her paintings.  Robyn Studied visual art at Syracuse University earning a BFA in 2002.  She later went on to earn an MEd from Lesley University.  Combining her passion for art with her love of teaching, Robyn has been an art teacher in both private and public institutions.  Robyn was named the Museum of Fine Arts Emerging Artist Fellow for 2020.

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Education

1998 - 2002 BFA Syracuse University

2008 M.Ed. Lesley University

 

Grants & Awards 

2021 MassMOCA residency

2021 Arts and Business Council's Creative Entrepreneur Fellow

2020 MFA Boston Emerging Artist Fellow

2019 - Honorable Mention Gallery 160

2010 - Best in Show Quincy Art Fest

2007-2008 - John Hope Fellow

Exhibitions & Festivals

2021 Group show, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston MA

2021 Juried Show, Art Dash, Beacon Gallery, Boston MA

Juried Show, Arts in Bloom, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton MA

2021 Solo Exhibition, Burnett Gallery, Amherst MA 

2020 Art in Bloom Juried Show, Hopkinton Center for the Arts

2020 Beacon Gallery - Art Dash

2020 Arts Equity Summit, Boston MA

2020 Solo Show, Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA

2019 Juried Show, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton, MA

2019 Quincy Arts Fest, Quincy, MA

2019 Gallery 160, Framingham, MA

2019 Group Show, Arts Affair at Marina Bay, Quincy, MA

2019 Group Show, Gallery X, New Bedford, MA

2017 Dorchester Open Studios, Boston, MA

2014 Juried Show, Focus on the Figure, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA

2014 African American DAC Artists Exhibition, The Scollay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall

2013 Dorchester Open Studios, Boston, MA

2013 Juried Show, Focus on the Figure, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA

2012 Group Show, Boston, MA

2012 Juried Show, Focus on the Figure, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA

2012 Juried Show, Cohasset, MA

2011 Dorchester Open Studios, Boston, MA

2011 Group Show/Festival, Fall River, MA

2011 Juried Show, Plymouth, MA

2011 Festival/Demonstration, Plymouth, MA

2011 Juried Show, Quincy, MA Best in Show

2010 Juried Show, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA

2010 Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA

2009 Member Gallery, Plymouth Guild for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

2009 Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA

2009 Juried Show, North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA

2009 Solo Exhibition, One Love Café, Worcester, MA

2007 M.Ed. Thesis Exhibition, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA