Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist, activist, and curator based in Minneapolis, MN. Her performance work addresses social injustice, sensorial connection, and ritual. Dukes holds an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts (SVA NYC) and a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art & Design. She has performed and lectured in galleries, museums, and performance festivals around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, SVA Seocho Gallery (Seoul), Queens Museum (NYC), College Art Association (Chicago), FIAP Martinique, Grace Exhibition Space (NYC) and Fountain Art Fair (NYC, Miami).
Dukes was appointed Fair Director of SATELLITE ART SHOW (Miami/NYC/SXSW) following a 6-year tenure as the fair’s Performance Curator. Dukes launched “Alive At Satellite” - a non-stop performance and video program that has featured over 200 live performances, screenings, and panel discussions since its inception. She prioritizes experiential, multimedia projects that propel political, social, and environmental activism.
In 2020, Dukes was interviewed for ArtNet News, the New York Times, Chronicles of Higher Education, News Channel 5 (Nashville), and Inside Higher Ed for her activism with Save Watkins - an initiative demanding transparency and creative freedoms for students and faculty thrust into an unexpected merger between Watkins College of Art and Belmont University.
Dukes founded Performance Is Alive in 2014 following a heated discussion about the death of performance art. Performance Is Alive is an online and curatorial platform featuring the work and words of current performance art practitioners.
She is a tireless advocate for performance art and higher education via current appointments at Satellite Art Show (NYC, Miami, TX) and Grace Exhibition Space (NYC).