Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Deborah Teamer Bunting has spent much of her life dedicated to the arts in her home state. She grew up in a family of creative people where the arts were always present. Her mother was a classically trained pianist and her grandmother was a needlework specialist and textile artist who taught Bunting to knit, crochet, and hand sew, and encouraged her imagination. It was a natural progression for Bunting to later move to textile arts and begin creating art quilts.
Through her textile artwork, she has sought to create a figuratively tactile link between the African American community and the world of art. During her early artistic career, she traveled the Midwest conducting residencies using contemporary techniques to teach traditional African textile design, continuing as an artist-in-residence for the Nebraska Arts Council. Bunting has also worked as a freelance artist for Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts commissioned her as lead artist on the Bemis Mural Project. She is currently the Heritage Arts Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council overseeing programs and services directed to Nebraska’s art organizations or nonprofit community and volunteer organizations that primarily serve people of color. Bunting has implemented several special projects and initiatives including Soon Come: The Art of Contemporary Jamaica and the Latino Arts Initiative. Deborah Bunting was included in the exhibition A Greater Spectrum: African American Artists of Nebraska 1912-2010 on view at the Museum of Nebraska Art from December 4, 2010 to April 3, 2011.