Tula Telfair spent her childhood in West Central Africa. A grant recipient and graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Ms. Telfair then became a graduate fellow, receiving her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. In 1989, She was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where shortly thereafter, she became Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and then Acting Academic Dean of the Arts and Humanities. She currently serves as a full professor of Art.
Ms. Telfair has exhibited at galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut and her paintings have been included in Museum exhibitions throughout the United States. Hers is a progressive art, a continuous exploration like each individual painting. The works might seem to contain the panoramic observations found in 19th Century American landscapes, depictions of awe-inspiring locales the artist has visited. In actuality, her worlds are invented vistas, fully contemporary in their inspiration and execution, exceptional realizations of a conceptual world.
Tula Telfair has received many awards, including the Walter Gropius Master Artist award (2015), the Distinguished Honorary Artists Committee at MacDowell Colony (1998), the Marion Locks Award for Excellence in Painting (1984) and the Pennsylvania State Women Caucus Art Award (1980). Her work may be found in dozens of museum and public collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, Epoch Investment Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank, General Electric Corporation, the Hudson River Museum, NBC Universal, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Omni Hotels. Ms. Telfair recently had solo exhibitions at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut (2010) and Huntington Museum of Art, in West Virginia (2015).