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    Tonya Gregg was born and raised in South Carolina. She attended the Governor's School for the Arts Gifted and Talented program in Greenville, South Carolina and then moved to Baltimore to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received a BFA in painting in 1997. She received a MFA in painting in 2000 from the University of Chicago and MA  in Community Arts in 2007 from the Maryland Institute, College of Art as well.  Gregg was the first full-time art student to be featured in New American Paintings and since then has exhibited in the U.S., Germany, Nicaragua, England and Canada. Her solo exhibitions include Gallery 1448 in Baltimore, Maryland, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas and Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York, Red Gate in Beijing, China, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and the Wollmagazin in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  Gregg often paints in series to explore paradoxical narratives about women, consumption, popular culture and ancient mythology.