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Kerry Dunn

Visual Art

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Born in 1976, Kerry Dunn began drawing at the early age of five when sitting on his fathers' lap he watched his Dad doodle a sketch. The hook was set and drawing became Mr. Dunn's greatest interest throughout his school years. In 1999 he graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with a major in illustration. It was during his years at Ringling that he discovered his preference for oil painting and his inclination towards portraits as he was always drawing his friends in his sketchbook. After graduation Mr. Dunn realized that what he really needed at that point was a mentor who could teach him the traditional craft of portrait painting. This realization took him to New York City to attend the famed Art Students League of NY in search of a teacher. During his time there he met Nelson Shanks, an internationally renowned portrait painter. Unfortunately, Mr, Dunn only lasted seven short months in the Big Apple before returning to his home state of Florida. Fortunately, later that year he was invited by Mr. Shanks to move to Philadelphia to be a part of the new painting school that Shanks was opening. Studio Incamminati, a school of traditional drawing and painting methods was born in 2002 and Dunn was a part of the exciting beginnings of the then one room school. Since then, Studio Incamminati has grown considerably and is on its way to becoming a Philadelphia institution with its specialized brand of traditional painting methods which are best taught within the master/student environment. Mr. Dunn currently lives and works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati as part of the core faculty and travels the county teaching his own workshops.


Portraiture, Figurative, Still Life



2013  Best of Show Award: Portrait Society of America; International Portrait Competition

2010 Best of Show Award: Bennington Center for the Arts; Laumeister FineArt Competition

2009 Best of Show Award: Salmagundi Club of NY; Annual Non-members Exhibition

2009 Certificate of Excellence Award: Portrait Society of America; International Portrait Competition

2008 Finalist: American Artist Magazine; Self Portrait Competition

2007 Exceptional Merit Award: Portrait Society of America; International Portrait Competition

1999 Marie Zurich Award for Painting: Ringling School of Art and Design

1994 Congressional Art Award: Duval County Public Schools; United States House of Representatives