Born in 1954 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dominique Simmons grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her earliest art memories are of looking at the "big" art books from the family library, the smell of turpentine and oil paints, and photographic chemicals from her father's dark room. In 2013, Dominique retired as an adjunct professor in art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Prior to that, she was an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Dominique earned a Master of Fine Arts at UALR and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. She is a competitive artist and her creative abilities have been recognized in a number of venues. Her work has frequently been picked for the” Delta Competition”, and the “Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” competition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Dominique is also a frequent exhibitor and winner in the annual “Small Works on Paper” competitions.
Dominique’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, and many private collections throughout the United States.