Petrona Morrison – Bio


Petrona Morrison (b. 1954, Manchester, Jamaica) is a multi-media artist whose work has engaged deeply personal, as well as socio-political concerns through assemblages and installations, and more recently digital photography and video. Themes of fragility, resilience and location reoccur in her practice.   In 2014 she retired as the Director of the School of Visual Arts, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and currently lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Morrison holds a BA (Fine Arts) from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (1976) and an MFA from Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1986). Her work has been exhibited extensively locally and internationally, including the Sixth Havana Biennial, Fortaleza de la Cabana, Havana, Cuba (1997); Contemporary Jamaican Art Circa 1962:Circa 2012, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario (2012); Jamaica Biennial 2017, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston; and History and Infinity (Carifesta XIII), Nidhe Israel Synagogue Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados (2017). In 1994-95 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  Other residencies include the Caribbean Contemporary Arts Center, CCA7, Trinidad (2000); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska (2002) and Fordsburg Artists Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa (2004).   She was awarded the Gold Musgrave Medal in 2014 by the Institute of Jamaica. 

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