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BIO & CV

Tina Dillman is an arts leader, cultural designer & organizer, artist, and curator that is currently based out of Central New York.  Presently, Tina is available on a sliding scale for remote consulting services working with artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits, corporations, and government agencies.  Any inquiries can be sent to her email, and for more information about the services available, please visit her page titled, AGENCY. 

During the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, Tina was based in Pittsburgh, PA, where she founded The Bloomfield Garden Club.  This roaming outdoor arts salon featured local and regional artists that identify as “vulnerable” (queer, not-white, female, a mother, and/or other) that work in dance, music, literature, comedy, media, visual and/or performance art.  She ran this programming for 2 years with the support from the Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation. 

Tina arrived to Pittsburgh in late 2018,  through a fully funded arts writing residency that was sponsored by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Bunker Projects.  Later in the following year, she was appointed the Director of Exhibitions and Programming at the Pittsburgh Center of Arts & Media (PCA&M), which was unfortunately, a short lived tenure, as she was part of a massive layoff (40 employees in total), in an attempt to keep the organization afloat, whole departments were eliminated from the budget.  During her time at PCA&M, she organized and curated one large group exhibition that focused on the destruction of the environment through human intervention called, What Have We Done.  Also, while in Pittsburgh, she had one independent curation project launch, a two-person exhibit called, Rolling Coal, that focused on masculine toxic energies through the lens of two local male artists.  This exhibit was installed in a donated storefront space that was located in a new development project on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

In the fall of 2014, Tina relocated to Buffalo, New York, where she launched a socially engaged artist residency program out of her home, called Project Grant.  She collaborated with visiting artists and community partners to create free and accessible programming in disenfranchised neighborhoods around the city.  In December 2016, Dillman moved into 500 Seneca as the first Artist/Curator In-Residence. Here she launched The Cass Project, an arts and cultural initiative whose mission was to create culturally diverse artistic programming and events that engage, empower, and spark dialogue and action in creating community and rehabilitating neighborhoods.  During the four years Dillman lived in Buffalo, she became an active member of the arts advocacy group the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance, was an arts writer for Buffalo Rising and The Public, and was also a faculty member of the Arts Management Department at the University of Buffalo.

From 2009-11, Tina co-founded, directed, and curated an alternative arts space out of her home called, WE Artspace (Oakland CA).  During those years, the space worked with over 100 visual artists, chefs, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, performers, poets and writers.  Also at this time, she was directing the Oakland Art Murmur, the monthly citywide art walk, as their first Executive Director.  In addition to working in the community, Tina also was an active artist, with a studio at the Hive Studios in West Oakland, and exhibited through the Bay Area.

She has dedicated her life to the arts, through Board involvement at the San Francisco Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts (SF) and Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland).  She has held  paid positions at AS220 (Providence), ArtSpan (SF), Oakland Art Murmur, Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center (Buffalo), and at Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media (PA).  She has also volunteered with various art non-profits like, Southern Exposure (SF), The Lab (SF), New Langton Arts (SF), Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh), and the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh).

Tina has traveled for residencies at AS220 (RI), Bunker Projects (Pittsburgh), Guapamacataro Center for Art & Ecology (Mexico), Lichtenberg Studios (Germany), Mauser EcoHouse (Costa Rica), and at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Scotland).  She has been a visiting artist/curator at Carnegie Mellon University (PA), University of Pittsburgh (PA), Syracuse University (NY), Alfred University (NY), Visual Studies Workshop (NY), and École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (France).  She has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum (CA), Echo Art Fair (Buffalo), Infringement Festival (Buffalo),  and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), while her object based work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Providence (RI), North Adams & Boston (MA), the Bay Area, throughout Western & Central NY, and at Small Mall in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has also curated exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, Western New York, and in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tina received a Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2003.

LISTEN and/or WATCH 

In Studio Pop Up: Tina Dillman, Saturday Light Brigade, Radio Interview, September 18, 2021

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: South + Appalachia, Artful Engagement, February 24, 2021 (Her talk begins around minute marker 20:00.)

Working 1: How to be an Artist during Covid, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, January 26, 2021

Interview w/ PGH Museums, Summer 2020

Artist Talk @ SFAI, 2016

Curator Talk @ Hallwalls, 2015

READ

Next Pittsburgh, Catch these 3 must-see outdoor dance performances before we pirouette into autumn, August 5, 2021

Pittsburgh City Paper, Bloomfield Garden Club brings drag, music, comedy, and more to various Pittsburgh venues, June 8, 2021

Post Gazette, Bloomfield Garden Club cultivates artists with backyard performances, August 4, 2020

City Paper, Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff out in mass firing and termination of film programs, November 25, 2019

City Paper, What Have We Done, tackles environmental concern with art and workshop series, November 15, 2019

City Paper, Rolling Coal, a two-man show exploring masculinity in rural America, July 10, 2019

Noumenoise, Boiled Over: Celebrating the Life of the Cass Project, December 18, 2018

Buffalo Rising, Patrick Foran’s State of Exception…, November 5, 2018

Buffalo Rising, City’s Art Scene Featured in UK’s Art Monthly, March 20, 2018

Art Monthly, Letter from Buffalo, March 2018

Yeah! Buffalo, #55. Tina Dillman, Cass Project, July 13, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Cass Clufffaloes, June 2, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Ian de Beer at Cass Project, February 17, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Arts Initiative Coming to 500 Seneca, January 10, 2017

Buffalo News, 500 Seneca to launch new gallery and arts initiative, January 9, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant Morphs into an Experiential Outfit, May 9, 2016

Buffalo Rising, 48 Hours with Project Grant, October 24, 2015

Buffalo Rising, West Side: Open-Source Biography, August 14, 2015

The Public, Tina Dillman’s Project Grant, June 30, 2015

Buffalo Rising, Announcing Artists in Residence at Project Grant, April 22, 2015

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant Hits the Home Stretch, January 21, 2015

Buffalo News, Artist Tina Dillman Bursts onto Buffalo Art Scene, January 8, 2015

The Public, San Fran Buff Non Stop, January 5, 2015

The Public, Artist Residency Looking to Hatch on the West Side, December 27, 2014

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant, December 3, 2014