Vilas Tonape is an internationally recognized artist and a teacher. He chairs the department of art at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Tonape has been creating art for three decades and is a native of India. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting with distinction from the Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay, India. He earned an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been exhibited internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario and Bombay. Tonape has won numerous awards throughout the United States and India, and his work has been critically acclaimed. Palm Beach Post says: “Tonape’s painting can be described as classically inspired, contemporary-realisminterpretive images that enchant the eye”.

Working in both figurative and non-representational modes, Tonape focuses on nature. His paintings are “melodies” orchestrated by the artist, rooted in the visual rhythms of gesture and color, recorded in the subject matter. “Painting to me is music for the eyes, conceived without conscious articulations, sentiments or statement”, says Tonape. “They reflect my response to nature. They are conceived by an abstract, intangible sensing of nature that erupts into spontaneous imagery.”

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PROFILE

1996- MFA in Painting, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

1992 – BFA in Painting (First Class Distinction), Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay, Bombay, India

Contemporary Realism, Gallery 208, Up & Coming Weekly, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Distinct Impressions, Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Colorado

Kruti, Melvin Art Gallery, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida

Varna, Krempp Gallery, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, Indiana

Indic Roots, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Unfinished/Finished, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

Local Artist Spotlight, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana

MFA Thesis Exhibition, J.M. Moudy Art Gallery, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Pictorial Space, The Arts Council, Fayetteville, North Carolina

The Portrait Show, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, India

Half Drop, 14 artists featured (7 from Colorado and 7 from Brooklyn, NY), Gallery 81435, Telluride Arts, Telluride, Colorado

Creative Endeavors, Elm Street Gallery, Trinidad, Colorado

Group Art Exhibition, Rainbow Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

Group Art Exhibition, Tay-Cho Art Gallery, Bartow, Florida

Group Art Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa, Florida

Colours of India: Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Common Ground Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada

Group Exhibition, West Main Art Gallery, Statesboro, Georgia

Group Exhibition, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Nudes, two-person show, The Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

Guru-Shishya, two-person show, Shagun Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

Palms and Portraits, two-person show, Martin County Arts Council , Cultural Center Gallery, Stuart, Florida

Group Exhibition, Art Space at City Place: Visual Arts & New Urbanism, West Palm Beach, Florida

Spirit that is India, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Four-Person Exhibition, Gallery Ten, Fort Worth, Texas

Group Exhibition, Gallery Ten, Fort Worth, Texas

In One Room, Haggar Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Monsoon Art Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, India

Group Exhibition, Plaza Art Gallery, Bombay, India

Honorable Mention, Watermedia Showcase International

Grand Prize, 10th Annual Pastel 100, The Pastel Journal

Canson Award and Purchase Award, 34th Annual National, Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club Grand Gallery, New York

Honorable Mention, 3rd Annual National Exhibition, Art League of Northern California, Novato Arts Center, Novato, California

Martin and Sanford Award, 37th Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, Texas

Finalist Winner, 21st Annual Art Competition, Artist’s Magazine

Honorable Mention, International Multi-Media Biennial Exhibition, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

Third Place, Fourth Biennial National Art Exhibit, Charlotte County Arts Guild, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, Florida

Faculty Professional Development Grant award, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

Honorable Mention, The Face of Alabama, The Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Alabama

First Place, Juried Competition, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida

Best Titled Interpretation, Wabash Artists Alliance Art Competition, Lafayette, Indiana

Third Place, “Cross Talk”, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

First Place, “Cross Talk”, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Award for Figurative Painting, Annual Art Competition, The Art society of India, India

Award for Portrait Painting, State Art Competition, India

Second Place, “On the Spot” portrait painting, Nasik Kala Niketan, Nasik, India

First Place, “On the Spot” portrait painting, Nasik Kala Niketan, Nasik, India

Sutlej Art Gallery, New York, New York

Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Present Associate Professor/Department Chair, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Professor, Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, Colorado

Associate Director, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History, Lewiston, Idaho

Professor, Polk State College, Winter Haven, Florida

Professor, Foundation Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Visiting Artist, Core Studio Program, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

Instructor/Coordinator, Painting and Drawing Program, School of Art, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

Teaching Assistant, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

The Second Art and Flowers National Juried Exhibition, Ellington-White Contemporary Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Park Art, International Folk Festival, Arts Council of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Colorado Show, Spanish Peaks Arts Council, La Veta, Colorado

TALAS (Trinidad Area Local Artists Show), Annual Juried Exhibition, Trinidad Art League, Trinidad, Colorado

Strawberry Festival Art Exhibition, Plant City, Florida

Figuratively Speaking, Art League of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, Florida

Winthrop Art Festival, Riverview, Florida

Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Arts on the Park, Lakeland, Florida

Visual Arts Alliance, Annual Juried Exhibition, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida

Fifty-Ninth Annual, Under the Oaks, National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Vero Beach, Florida

Fourth Annual Plein-Air, Bartow Art Guild, Bartow, Florida

Platform Art 15 – Art in Motion, Lakeland, Florida

Tenth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Winter Haven, Florida

Mayfaire by-the-Lake, 38th Annual, Lakeland, Florida

Municipal Fine Art Show, Lake Wales, Florida

Ninth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Winter Haven, Florida

Central Park Arts Festival, Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, Florida

Polk County High School Invitational Art Exhibition, Arts on the Park Gallery, Lakeland, Florida

Race for the Arts, Polk Arts Alliance, Lakeland, Florida

Annual Student Art Exhibition, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida

Art From the Found Objects, Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, Florida

Wild Life Exhibition, Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro, Georgia

Members’ Annual Juried Art Show, Lake Worth Art League, Lake Worth, Florida

9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Women in the Visual Arts, Boca Raton, Florida

Annual High School Art Competition, Fatima High School, Bombay, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Sanjoy Kurhe College of Modern Art, Amravati, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Kalasagar Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Kalavishwa Kala Mahavidyalaya, Sangli, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Sankalp School of Art, Vashind, India

Visiting Professor, Portraiture Workshop, Nasik Kala Niketan, Nasik, India

Visiting Professor, Workshops on Various Topics, Visual Art Academy, Thane, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, K.K. Wagh College of Fine Arts, Nasik, India

Guest Professor, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Fine Arts, Pune, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Workshop, Spanish Peaks Art Center, La Veta, Colorado

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Nasik Kala Niketan, Nasik, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Vasai Vikasini College of Visual Arts, Vasai, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Bodhi College of Fine Arts, Bangalore, India

Visiting Professor, Portraiture Workshop, Visual Art Academy, Thane, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration, Pastel Society of Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Abhinav Art College, Pune, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, Shiny Colors Academy, Bangalore, India

Guest Artist, Portraiture Demonstration/Lecture, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, Visual Art Academy, Thane Kala Bhuvan, Thane, India

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, Tampa Regional Artists, Hyde Park Art Center, Florida

Guest Critic, Bartow Art Guild, Bartow, Florida

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Workshop, Tampa Regional Artists, Hyde Park Art Center, Florida

Guest Artist, Demonstration, Florida Watercolor Society Annual Convention, Sarasota, Florida

Guest Artist, Professional Development Workshop, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, Texas

Guest Artist, Watercolor Workshop, Tampa Regional Artists, Hyde Park Art Center, Tampa, Florida

Visiting Artist, Art Educator Summer Institute, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Guest Artist, Portrait Demonstration/Lecture, Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay, India

Guest Artist, Demonstration, New Era School, Panchgani, India

Visiting Artist, Watercolor Workshop, Tampa Regional Artists, Hyde Park Art Center, Tampa, Florida

Guest Artist, Demonstration, Bartow Art Guild, Bartow, Florida

Visiting Artist, Art Educator Summer Institute (NAEA co-sponsored academy), Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Visiting Artist, one-week Art Educator Summer Institute, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, Bartow Art Guild Annual Plein Air Festival, Bartow, Florida

Guest Artist, Pastel Portraiture Demonstration, Lakeland Art Guild, Lakeland, Florida

Guest Critic, View & Review: Critiquing Emerging Artists, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida

Guest Speaker, A discourse on Human Ego and Plein Air Painting, Bartow Art Guild Annual Plein Air Festival, Bartow, Florida

Visiting Artist, one-week Art Educator Summer Institute, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Visiting Artist, one-week Art Educator Summer Institute, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Guest Artist, Slide Presentation and Critique, S.N.D.T. Women’s College of Fine Arts, Bombay, India

Visiting Artist, Graduate Critique, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Guest Artist, Lecture and Demonstration, Martin County Arts Council, Court House Cultural Center, Stuart, Florida

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, Lake Worth Art League, Florida

Guest Artist, Lecture and Demonstration, Portrait Painting, Stella Maris College of Fine Arts, Madras, India

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, The Riverbridge Art League, Greenacres, Florida

Guest Artist, Portrait Painting Demonstration, The Friends of the Lake Worth Library, Lake Worth, Florida

Guest Speaker, A discourse on Art Appreciation, The Riverbridge Art League, Greenacres, Florida

Artist Talk, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana

Visiting Artist, Two One-Day Workshops, Life Drawing, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana

Abstraction: 7 Artists, 7 Dialogs, Corazon Gallery, Trinidad, Colorado

Allegories with Sacred Canon, One-Person Exhibition, Center for Arts and History, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho

Prodromes, One-Person Exhibition, Center for Arts and History, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho

Encounters: Vis-à-Vis, One-Person Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

Line Shape Color, Two-Person Show, Arts on the Park, Lakeland, Florida

Alla Prima, Sixteen Emerging Artists, Lake Wales Arts Center, Lake Wales, Florida

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CONTACT

Chair, Department of Art

William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts

Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street

Fayetteville, North Carolina, U S A

Phone: 912-844-2745

E-mail: vilas@vilastonape.com

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