Missy H. Dunaway is an artist and illustrator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. In 2013 she traveled to Turkey on a Fulbright Fellowship to study Anatolian textiles. Since then she has been awarded seven artist-in-residence fellowships to travel abroad for months out of the year. Missy's paintings exhibit internationally and have been acquired by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Utah, the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington DC, and the South Molton Museum in England. Her artwork is also featured by Penguin Random House, Passion Passport, AirBnb, Travel + Leisure, Mashable, The National Audubon Society, Huffington Post Greece, and in Dawn DeVries Sokol's book, A World of Artist Journal Pages (Abrams, 2015). In 2018 she was awarded the Educator Award from 1,400 exhibited artists at the ArtPrize Competition of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2019 she was awarded the inaugural “Envoy” artist collaboration award by Four Seasons, for which she traveled to Vietnam. Most recently, she was awarded a New Student Full Fellowship to the Academy of Realist Art in Boston for the upcoming 2019 - 2020 academic year.
Artist Statement: In 2013 I traveled to Turkey with a Fulbright Fellowship to research and paint Anatolian carpets for one year. I initially focused on 13th 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. 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.