• American Craft Magazine Spring 2023

    American Craft Magazine Spring 2023

    Excited to have been on the stop of the latest craft adventures of Jon Spayde and his wife Laurie Phillips. They made it by to the Saint Louis County Depot that houses the Duluth Art Institute who hosted the Tignon exhibition for this first time outside of Texas. If you get a chance, check out the travel adventures beginning on page 72 in the latest issue of Spring 2023 American Craft Magazine!

  • Research & Creative Works @ TAMU

    Research & Creative Works @ TAMU

    It's an early talk, but on Friday morning February 10th, 2023 I will be presenting my work to students and faculty members about the Tignon at Texas A&M University during their Research & Creative Works Symposium for the Performance of Visual Fine Arts.

  • Tignon at the Wright Gallery, Texas A&M University_2023

    Tignon at the Wright Gallery, Texas A&M University_2023

    Wright Gallery presents Chesley Antoinette’s exhibition titled, Tignon, on view January 23rd – March 9th, 2023. Through this exhibition, the Texas-based artist explores headwraps as a form of self-expression and empowerment for black women. The artist aims to provide an “educational experience combining historical imagery, contemporary photography, and textile sculpture that evaluates the history behind the headwrap as it relates to North America.”

    Wright Gallery will host a meet and greet reception with the artist on February 8th, 2023 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Brief remarks by curator, Rebecca Pugh, and Antoinette will begin at 3 PM.

  • 2020 Paul Hanna Lecturer Award

    2020 Paul Hanna Lecturer Award

    The Paul Hanna Lecture Award began in 1994 as the result of a generous endowment set up to honor one of TASA's founding members, Professor Paul Hanna (now deceased) of Texas Tech University. The Paul Hanna Award exists to provide a forum through which a selected studio artist can make an annual presentation for TASA.

    Chesley Antoinette will be presenting her research titled Tignon Project taking place October 23rd, visit TASA website for more information.

  • Online Teaching Webinar

    Online Teaching Webinar

    The Cedars Union will be hosting an online webinar on online teaching tips presented by Chesley Antoinette. Aside from creating physical works of art, Chesley moonlights by day as an adjunct art professor mainly teaching online art appreciation. To join this free virtual workshop visit the cedars union website for more information.

  • Duluth Virtual Art Gala

    Duluth Virtual Art Gala

    Chesley Antoinette will be presenting the first virtual Heart of the Headwrap workshop hosted by the Duluth Art Institute during their annual gala in efforts to raised financial support that will benefit not just artists in Minnesota, but also national artists like Chesley.

  • Tignon Virtual Exhibition via Smartify

    Tignon Virtual Exhibition via Smartify

    Courtesy of the Duluth Art Institute, the Tignon Exhibition will be featured beginning September 16th, 2020 virtually through Smartify platform. Viewers can expect not only images of the artwork, but also audio of all essays featured on the artist's website. To listen and view, click here.

  • Tignon @ Georgetown Art Center & more!

    Tignon @ Georgetown Art Center & more!

    Tignon Project traveling to Georgetown, Texas! February 14th through March 15th, 2020!

  • CraftTexas 2018

    CraftTexas 2018

    I'm excited to be in a group exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for their 10th series CraftTexas 2018 featuring Texas-made contemporary craft juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary, the show features 50 works by 36 artists chosen from 137 applicants. Three of my Tignon Turban Headwraps will be on view from September 29th, 2018 — January 6th, 2019

    #DallasToHouston #Millinery

  • Turbanized w/ ChesleyAntoinette

    Turbanized w/ ChesleyAntoinette

    Have you visited the Tignon exhibition at the South Dallas Cultural Center?

    Wishing you could try on a Cantoinette Turban?

    Well you're in luck! Register to attend a turban styling session with ChesleyAntoinette where you can dress your head with both couture and ready to wear urban turbans from a selection of over 40 + turban headdresses.

    $10 non-refundable registration fee required. Click here to register.

    Space limited to 10 people per session.

    Welcome to ages 14 and up.

  • Tignon



    Tignon Exhibition
    September 1st- October 31st
    South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Texas

    Through fashion photography and wearable sculptural turbans a historical period of 18th century is explored through women of African descendant.

    Free and open to the public.

  • Tessellated Fold, 2016

    Tessellated Fold, 2016

    Through the special support grant for individual artists by the City of Dallas, Tessellated Fold will take place at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center July 30th through September 2nd. Opening reception July 30th with single night performance by Lily Taylor and Brown Girls Do Ballet.
    *This event is open and free to the public.

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    Tessellated Fold

    This February, Dallas exhibition organizer and artist Alison Starr will bring together more than a dozen local and national artists to make work that references the body and explores the idea of "the other” in a variety of media.

    Exhibiting artists are from Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Houston, New York City, and Norman, Oklahoma.

    The first weekend: Tessellated Fold
    February 7, 2015 (7:15 – 8:30 p.m)
    Lily Taylor and Sean Miller explore sound and video in collaboration with fiber artist Chesley Antoinette of Cantoinette Studios, costume designer Whitney Bracey and dancer Jacquekya Lee of Brown Girls Do Ballet in an immersive installation at the Art Beef / Beefhaus gallery space in Exposition Park, Dallas, TX.

    For more information:https: www.facebook.com/events/583274458471696…


  • Dallas Observer Artopia 2014

    Cantoinette Studios
    Sustainable Wearable Art Gallery on Wheels

    At 4th Annual Dallas Observer Artopia
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
    8PM - 11PM

    333 First Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75226
    (Deep Ellum)


    (21 & up) Visit DallasObserver.com for tickets.

  • ****Grand Opening****: Sustainable Wearabe Art Boutique On Wheels

    Please join me at the celebration of Dallas Contemporary's 35th anniversary 35 hour show. Cantoinette Studios created by Chesley Antoinette will be debuting Dallas' first fashion boutique on wheels specializing in sculptural headwear and contemporary jewelry!

    November 8th 7pm-Mid-night & 9th 10am-Noon

    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information please visit: dallascontemporary.org/

  • Art + Hair

    Opening August 17th: WoCA Projects presents a site-specific exhibition, Art + Hair: Narratives Through Stylized Consumption, featuring sculptural headdresses by fiber artist Chesley Williams. The highlighted works are informed by current dialogues surrounding African American hair in contemporary American society, and are inspired by Williams’ personal hair journey from youth to adulthood. Williams’ headdresses symbolize African American hairstyling practices using donated recycled materials from local hair salons and individuals—resources that were once deemed as trash or waste. Williams’ eco-consciousness signifies her own philosophy towards an environmentally sustainable world.

    WoCA Projects will feature Art + Hair during FWADA’s Fall Gallery Night on September 7th, and will put on an accompanying programming event, The Art + Hair Show, on Saturday, September 14th from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature a performatve art and hair showcase displaying William’s headdresses and couture natural hair designs by the Loc Star Natural Hair Design Studio in Fort Worth, created by the Natural Hair Artistry of Paulette Anderson, Owner and Lock Designer and Adachi Dada, Natural Hair Creatress.

    For more information visit: www.wocaprojects.com