Kimberly Dummons: Reflections on the Geometry of Place and Time

Tenement City Blues, 2017, monotype collage, 24 x 36 inches

April 9, 2021–June 4, 2021

From Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design –

Diamond in Amber, 2021, monotype collage, 11 x 18 inches

Kimberly Dummons cleverly applies color, visual texture, and geometric compositions to represent her expression of place and space. Like a geometric puzzle, seemingly random blocks, diamonds, cubes, circles, and triangles meet up and form visual renditions suggestive of buildings and landscapes (such as Tenement City Blues, above). Other collaged images boast playful smaller repeated shapes within a larger symmetrical body as seen in Diamonds in Amber. By following the lines and absorbing the color relationships on paper, an inherent rhythm and mood emerges that helps to further define each piece.

“For several years, my work has explored the concept of home through sculpture, prints, and collage. In my two-dimensional work, I am using color, pattern, and texture to create prints and collage to talk about place, both literally and figuratively. I am simultaneously influenced by and reference quilt structure, with some pattern codes directing paths on the underground railroad.” – Dummons

A Murfreesboro, TN resident since 2004, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University, Dummons teaches two and three-dimensional design.  Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, and her Master of Fine Arts in studio art, with a sculpture concentration, from the University of New Orleans.  Her work has been on view for nearly 20 years across Louisiana and Tennessee in solo and group exhibitions.

Her work is included in several collections, such as the Amistad Collection at Tulane University, the Blanche and Norman Francis Collection at Xavier University of Louisiana, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, she has a public sculpture, commissioned by the City of New Orleans, CharlesBuddy” Bolden, located in Louis Armstrong Park. Her work has been reviewed and published, both regionally and nationally, in various publications, including Sculpture Magazine and Art Papers.

In 2019 Dummons received the Individual Artists Fellowship in Visual Art through the Tennessee Arts Commission in recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding professional Tennessee artists who, through their work add to the state’s cultural vitality. Find out more about Dummons at

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