Photograph taken by Wali Uqdah. Maryland Institute College of Art, MAT Graduate Thesis Show, Amalgamate, 2011
Antoinette M. Hawkins was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore City and Baltimore County schools. In 2003, she was admitted into the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, MD. In her last three years of high school, she participated in NAACP's ACT-SO Competition. In her sophomore year, she won a bronze medal in painting; junior year she won a silver medal in painting, and in her senior year, she won a national silver medal in photography. Following high school, Hawkins attended one year at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Then she transferred to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in September of 2008. At MICA, she has participated in a number of exhibitions, including the 2010 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, and several exhibits, through MICA's Black Student Union (BSU) including: BSU's 2011 Skin Deep exhibit at MICA and Senator Verna Jones Senate Office, and BSU's 2009 Rims on my Slaveship exhibit, also shown at MICA and the Senate Office of Verna Jones. She has recieved her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting (2011) and her Masters of Arts in Teaching (2012) from MICA. She is currently employed and teaching elementary art in Baltimore County Public Schools.