Artist for Hire: Commissions, Education, Private Events; Arts Administration: Curator; Performing Arts: Performance Art; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor; Extended Media Artist, Costume Construction, and Video
Toni Billick was born and raised in the Rubber City Capital of Akron, Ohio. Miss Billick’s extended media practice was encouraged early in child hood in Good Year Heights. Her mother and father created marionettes and country crafts. The Billick children assisted with marionette hair and additive objects from gumball machines. They also frequented the craft shows and bars where the crafty items sold. The labored children were rewarded in Mickey Mouse’s and/or Donald Duck’s, which was code for a pop with or with out cherries.
Toni’s work involves various female personas who are shaped by the impact of raunch culture and sinister humor which manifest themselves via costume construction, object making, documented performance, photographs and video installations. Toni’s work has been featured in the Mindy Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg FL, “Undressing The Feminine”, and at The Front in New Orleans, “Standing Heat”. Toni is published in several newspaper articles and is in the book titled, “Summer Fun” and “Self Portrait” Published by Photo Place Annex Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont. Miss Billick served as a Visiting Artist at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV. She received her BFA from the University of Akron Myers School of Art with focuses in ceramics and sculpture. Toni accomplished her MFA at the University of South Florida in 2010. Toni is currently an Aluminum Manager and Gallery Co-Manager and Buyer at Don Drumm Studios and Gallery, Akron, OH.