Bunny Cornell Burson

Bunny Burson, Untitled 50, 2012, ink on vellum, 30" X 40", diptych.

Bunny Cornell Burson, MFA05 

Bunny Burson's work explores issues of politics, gender, and identity. As both an artist and arts administrator, she has spearheaded efforts that bring together art, community, and social change.

Burson earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University in 1970, which included a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Memphis College of Art in 1981. She was a practicing artist until she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1988.

For the next 15 years, Burson worked as an art consultant and arts administrator. As director of the Cultural Enrichment Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she instituted a program to bring the arts to Vanderbilt Hospital, creating a healing environment for patients, students, staff, and families. After moving to Washington DC, she was appointed executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by President Clinton, where she served until 2001.

Seeking to re-establish herself as a working artist, Burson earned her Master of Fine Arts with a major in printmaking/drawing from Washington University in 2005. Her work has been widely exhibited, including in St. Louis, New York, Memphis, and Leipzig, Germany. In 2010 she was awarded a residency at the College & Graduate School of Art’s Paris studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts. She is represented by Bruno David Gallery.

Burson serves on the National Councils of the Sam Fox School and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, and on the board of trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the advisory council of Dieu Donné. As a community volunteer, she co-founded Art the Vote, an arts-driven effort to engage young voters and the creative community in the political process before the 2008 elections. She and her husband, Charles, are active supporters of the Arts + Healthcare Program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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