• Emerge From Black 1
    • Relief Etching
    • 7" x 5"
    • Emerge From Black 4
    • Relief Etching
    • 7" x 5"
    • Emerge From Black 7
    • Relief Etching
    • 7" x 5"
    • Surface: Before and Beneath 1
    • Graphite on Vellum
    • 15" x 11"
    • Surface: Before and Beneath 2
    • Graphite on Vellum
    • 15" x 11"
    • Surface: Before and Beneath 4
    • Graphite on Vellum
    • 15" x 11"

Artist Statement

Using repetitive marks to develop my images, I explore the concept that complexity can arise from the interaction of many simple components – examples include flocks of birds flying in unison, molecules and microscopic particles forming our visible world, and separate notes forming a musical composition. In these drawings, the individual marks – like notes of music – gain complexity when composed and layered. Drawn on the front and back of the drafting vellum, the marks appear to merge into a fluid form while remaining separated by varying amounts of space. The thin, translucent drawing surface allows the form to appear whole while also acting as a barrier: marks are either on the front or back but cannot occupy the space of the drafting vellum. Remnants of erased marks blur the boundary of this barrier and add to the illusion of depth or volume. The resulting images invite the viewer to draw closely, inspecting the manner in which the marks interact with the surface.

Artist Bio

Tonia was born and raised in Illinois, and now lives in Denver. She received her BFA from Illinois State University in 2001, and earned her MFA from University of Alberta in Canada in 2005. 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. She works both in her home studio and at Red Delicious Press, a community printmaking studio in Aurora, Colorado.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Fragmented Visibility, Hinterland Denver, Colorado
2007 The Beaufort Scale and Other Forces, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York
2006 Works by Tonia Bonnell, Red Delicious Press, Aurora, Colorado
2005 Enunciated murmurs (phase transition), FAB Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2001 Temporal Occurrences, University Galleries, Normal, Illinois

Two & Three Person Exhibitions
2010 presence and absence, Ironton Studios & Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2009 Immatériel, Galerie Circulaire, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2008 Forces Unseen, Abecedarian, Denver, Colorado
2008 Mark, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2008 Untitled, East End Applied Arts, Aurora, Colorado
2007 The Beaufort Scale, Red Delicious Press, Aurora, Colorado
2006 Marking three paths, Ironton Studios & Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Grand Opening, Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2014 Printed Marks, Spark Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2013 Lines and Grids, Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2012 The Other Primary Colors, Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2012 Transparent/Opaque, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2012 Art of the Real II, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado
2011 The Line, Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
2011 Art of the Real, Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2011 85th Annual International Competition: Printmaking, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 MFAs in the 00s, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota
2010 The Print Event, Black Book Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2009 Lessedra 8th World Art Print Annual, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 Colorado Art Open 2009, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
2009 Collective Nouns, Center for Visual Art, Denver, Colorado
2008 Edmonton Print International 2008, Capitol Arts Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2008 Moving Line, Dickinson State Univ. Gallery, Dickinson, North Dakota
2008 Metro Biennial, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2007 A Progressive Proof, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois
2007 Border Crossings, University Galleries, Normal, Illinois
2007 American Print, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
2007 Drawing No Conclusions, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2006 Repetitive Gestures, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
2006 Printmaking Currents, Print Arts Northwest, Portland, Oregon
2006 Sixty Square Inches, Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana
2006 Pacific States Biennial, Campus Center Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii
2005 Synergies, Kloster Bentlage Gallery, Rheine, Germany
2005 Munster, Germany, MAPC Member’s Exhibition, University Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
2005 Fast Forward 2005, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2004 Le Locle Prints 04, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Villa du Locle, Switzerland
2004 How to become a mirror, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2004, International Juried Print 2004, Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, New Jersey
2004 Sixty Square Inches, Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana
2003 Juventus 2003, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
2003 Interconnection: Japan and Alberta, Gallery San Chun, Calgary,Alberta
2003 Junge Kunst im Fokus, Museum Waldhof, Bielefeld, Germany
2002 Rockford Midwestern Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois


Graphic Chemical Purchase Award, 85th Annual International Competition: Printmaking – June 2011
National Endowment for the Arts, Grant for WSW studio residency, October–November 2007
Juror’s Award, Repetitive Gestures – December 2006
Juror’s Award and Purchase Award, Sixty Square Inches – March 2006