Missy H. Dunaway is an artist and illustrator whose work has been featured by Penguin Books, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Travel + Leisure, Mashable, The National Audubon Society, Passion Passport, and in published books including A World of Artist Journal Pages by Dawn Devries Sokol. Her artwork exhibits internationally and has been acquired by public and private institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Utah, the South Molton Museum of England, and the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington DC.
Missy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. In 2013 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study Anatolian textiles in Istanbul, which culminated in a series of paintings that exhibited in Istanbul, Berlin, and the US. Since then, she has been awarded eight artist-in-residence fellowships to travel and paint abroad for months out of the year. In 2018 she was awarded the Educator Award from 1,400 exhibited artists at the ArtPrize Competition of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2019 she won the inaugural “Envoy by Four Seasons” artist collaboration award by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, for which she traveled to Vietnam. Most recently, she was awarded a New Student Full Fellowship to the Academy of Realist Art in Boston, where she is currently studying.
About the carpet project: "In 2013 I traveled to Turkey with a Fulbright Fellowship to research and paint Anatolian carpets for one year. I initially focused on 11th century Seljuk carpets, but later turned my studies towards village weaving practices. I am especially interested in how a weaver incorporates her personal vision, vocabulary, and history into designs through the use of color and symbols. To aid my research, I learned how to weave flat-weave kilim rugs and knotted pile carpets from master weavers in Istanbul and Cappadocia in the spring and summer of 2014. My paintings employ traditional symbols and designs, but they are not copies of existing carpets. I find color to be the most seductive quality of carpets, so I occasionally render paintings in black in white to draw attention to designs and symbols." --Missy Dunaway
It is important to me that the artists who inspire my paintings are acknowledged and compensated for their contribution. Currently, 15% of artwork sales from my carpet series are donated to women weavers in Turkey via the Hisar Anadolu Support Society (HADD) of Van, a nonprofit charity supported in part by Turkish Philanthropy Funds.