Telfair, Tula

  • Tula Telfair

American Contemporary

Born in Gabon, Tula Telfair spent her childhood in West Central Africa. Later, as a grant recipient and graduate of Moore College of Art (Philadelphia), Ms. Telfair was a graduate fellow and received a Masters of Fine Art degree at Syracuse University. First employed as an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, Tula Telfair became, in a few short years, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and then Acting Academic Dean of the Art and Humanities School.

Painting all the while at her studio in Manhattan, Ms. Telfair has exhibited at galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut and her paintings have been included in Museum exhibitions throughout the United States. Hers is a progressive art, a continuous exploration like each individual painting. The works might seem to contain the panoramic observations found in 19th Century American landscapes, depictions of awe-inspiring locales the artist has visited. In actuality, her worlds are invented vistas, fully contemporary in their inspiration and execution, exceptional realizations of a conceptual world.

Tula Telfair has received many awards, including the Distinguished Honorary Artists Committee at MacDowell Colony (1998), Marion Locks Award for Excellence in Painting (1984) and Pennsylvania State Women Caucus Art Award (1980). Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Redding Art Museum, and General Electric Corporation.