Tonia Hughes’ photography and video installations have been exhibited regionally and nationally. Although much of her work is rooted in socio-political discourse, her most recent exhibition, Ashes to Ashes, represents a new direction for her work. This body of work includes sound bites, videos, photographs, mixed media pieces, and collections of found objects, and is an expression of Hughes’ personal experiences of loss. Ashes to Ashes is intended to pose questions regarding life, death, and the connection between the two. The exhibition was on display from October 8th – November 2nd, 2012 in coordination with Atlanta Celebrates Photography month at the Kalmanson Gallery in Swainsboro, Georgia.
In addition to her creations in visual arts, Hughes continues her research in Women’s studies, specifically on the topics of gender and sexuality. This research serves as a foundation for the visual art she more typically creates. As an extension of her work, she often lectures for the Women’s Studies program at Georgia Southwestern State University and participates in discussion panels with the Psychology/Sociology Department at GSW on topics relating to the queer community.
Hughes was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She grew up in the southeastern region of the United States, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbus State University in 2004. In 2008, she completed her MFA in photography at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been teaching Photography and Digital Media at Georgia Southwestern State University since January 2009, and currently resides in Americus, Georgia.
Tonia Hughes Selected Works
Video and Installation Selected Works