Chesley Antoinette is a native Texan, born and raised in Austin where she discovered the process in making art at the local community college. Later, transferred to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches earning a B.F.A in Sculpture and completed her formal education in Denton at the University of North Texas, graduating with a M.F.A in Fiber Arts. She currently split her time between Austin and Dallas as an educator and practicing artist.
She is the creator and designer of Cantoinette Studios, conceptualizing with sustainable practices in forms of sculptural installations, wearable art, and curatorial projects. Her current body of work explores 18th century North America through turban headwraps and shares the history in forms of art exhibitions and interactive educational workshops. Chesley remains being passionate towards supporting, sharing, and building the appreciation for the arts with Texas and all of humankind.