Tonia Bonnell – Artist Bio

Tonia was born and raised in Illinois, and now lives in Denver with her husband and two sons. She received her BFA from Illinois State University in 2001, and earned her MFA from University of Alberta in Canada in 2005, where she began creating images through the repetition of a simple mark. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York. In 2010, she spoke on the panel Printmaking and the Mundane at the College Art Association conference in Chicago and has been a visiting artist at the University of Denver and Fort Hays State University, Kansas. In 2014, Tonia was a resident artist in the Drawing Studio – an interactive studio exhibition – at the Denver Art Museum. She was invited to participate in the 2016 exhibition Colorado Women in Abstraction. She works in her home studio where she continues to explore the dynamic effects of small, simple marks massing together to form a complex whole.