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Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Solo Exhibitions

2010    Pivots of Moment & the Structure of Accumulation, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009    Everyday Mythologies, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia
2007    Taking A Stroll Through the Dark Night of the Soul, Gallery Stokes, Atlanta, Georgia
2004    Another Woman’s Treasure, Elysium Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

           Cold Comfort, Steve Wiley Studios, Savannah, Georgia

2003    Nature Fetish Series, Tango, Savannah, Georgia

2001    Cold Comfort, Tomato Head Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee

Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

2010    Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artists, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
           Hand to Hand, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT

           The Birds and Some Bees, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009    Photo-Based, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
           New American Paintings, 2009 Southern Edition, #82
           Juror: Ron Platt, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
2008    Little Things Mean a Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
           National Small Works Exhibition, NAWA Gallery, New York, New York

           Hand to Hand: 100 Artists’ Comments on the Iraq War, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

           150, Gallery Stokes, Atlanta, Georgia

           Excursion: An Exhibition of Transience, Stand Alone Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

           Hand to Hand: Witnessing the War, Carol Henry Studio, Los Angeles, California

2007   Shrine, Unitarian Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee

          Harvest Midtown Festival, sponsored by Eyedrum, Atlanta, Georgia

          Looks Good on Paper, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
          Summer, Rosewood Contemporary, Savannah, Georgia

         Food for Thought, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama
2006  Assemblation, Eyedrum, Atlanta, Georgia

         In Mad Love and War, Jewish Educational Alliance Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
         Terrain, Rosewood Contemporary, Savannah, Georgia

         Southeastern Juried Exhibition, biennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
         Juror: Kathleen A. Edwards, Chief Curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art

         Summer Series, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, Tennessee

         This Gift Is a Problem for You to Solve, Red Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

2005   OssabawIsland Annual Exhibition, Ossabaw Island, Georgia

          Aquapin, Aquaspace, Savannah, Georgia
          House, first installment: 7 rooms, installation show, 1502 Habersham, Savannah, Georgia

2004   Southeastern Juried Exhibition, biennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
          Juror: Sean Ulmer, University Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum           of Art

          2004 International Assemblage Artist Exhibition, juried exhibition, Gallery Twenty-four, Berlin, Germany

          Small Works, Red Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

          Found Objects: Sculptural, juried exhibition, Desoto Row Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

          Found Object Assemblage, juried exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
          Juror: George Herms

2003  Recent Work, The Gallery, Beaufort, South Carolina

2002  Collecting…Mixed Media, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, Tennessee

         Ossabaw Island Annual Exhibition, Ossabaw Island, Georgia
2001  Side-by-Side Mentoring Program and Auction, benefiting the Community School of the Arts, Bennett Galleries,          Knoxville, Tennessee

         The Birdhouse Show, Tomato Head Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee

         Women’s Work: Into the Millennium, juried exhibition, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee


2010   Wyatt Williams, "Art Seen: Dayna Thacker at Barbara Archer," Cretive Loafing, Culture Surfing, June 17
          Felicia Feaster, "Caprice on Canvas," The Atlantan, May/June 2010

          Book cover: Museum of Thrown Objects, a book of poetry by Andrew K. Peterson

          Cinque Hicks, "He says, she says," Creative Loafing, February 3, 2010

2009   New American Paintings, 2009 Southern Edition, #82

          Julia Reidy, "Gallery Stokes," Piedmont Review, July/August, 2009

          Katie Runnels, The Constant Gatherer,, May 13, 2009

          Artist-A-Day,, June 21, 2009

          Kenneth Rollins, "More Than Meets the Eye," The Telegraph, February 20, 2009

          Sophie Singer, "Collages Explore the Understanding of Humanity," The Collonade, January, 2009

2006   Jerry Cullum, “Finding Answers,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 24, 2006

          Allison Hersh, “Bits and Pieces,” Savannah Morning News, Diversions, December 21, 2006

          Mobile Museum of Art, Southeastern Juried Exhibition, catalog, October, 2006

          Nancy Sherrod, "Dayna Thacker: Artist of Found Things," Savannah Magazine, September/October, 2006

          Evan Schafer, The Art Jones, Murmur, April 2006

2005   “Just Create,” Skirt Magazine, June 2005

          Amy Morris, “Home is Where the Art Is,” Savannah Morning News, April 3, 2005

          Bill Dawers, “Installation Artists Invade,” Savannah Morning News, Diversions, March 31, 2005

          Drain, featured artist, Lost in Translation; issue #4,

2004   Mobile Museum of Art, Southeastern Juried Exhibition, catalog, October 2004
2002   Heather Joyner, “Mixmasters,” Metropulse, Artbeat, July 25, 2002
2001   “Avian Abode Eclectica,” Metropulse, Artbeat, April 2001

1999   “Transforming,” Metropulse, Artbeat, September 1999

Honors & Awards  
•  Finalist for Atlanta's Forward Arts Foundation 2010 Emerging Artist Award, monetary award
•  All Favorite Picks of 2009 Off-the-Wall Pin Up Show, MOCA GA
•  Fulton County Arts Council 2009 Residency Fellowship
•  Residency at the Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia, September/October 2009 
•  Selected as a Studio Artist of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center August 2008 – August 2013
•  Invited guest of the Ossabaw Foundation as an Artist in Residence
•  Bennett Galleries’ Artists Mentoring Program
•  National Art Honor Society Scholarship Award