EDUCATION

2003    MFA (Cum Laude) New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art

            New York , NY

2003    Independent Study, The Royal Academy of Art, London, England

2001    BFA (Drawing & Painting) Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2018    Solo Exhibition, American Gods, N'Namdi Contemporary, Detroit, MI

            MLK:50 Beyond the Balcony, Art Village Gallery, Memphis, TN

            Oso Bay Biennial XX: Realism Redux, Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, TX

 

2017    Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

           Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI

            Hi-Res, Kravitz Wheby Gallery, New York, NY

            Detroit Grind, Rush Arts Galleries, New York, NY

 

2016    The Detroiter, Heron Arts, San Fransisco, CA

            15 Steps: Perspectives in Drawing, Redbull House of Art, Detroit, MI (Curator)

            Corktown Studios Review, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield Hills, MI

            The Body Eclectic, Lawrence St Gallery, Ferndale, MI (Juror)

            Friends of Friends, Redbull House of Art, Detroit, MI

            Faculty Exhibition, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

            Essay’d: Group Exhibition, Gallery 9338, Hamtramck, MI

 

 

2015    The Essential Self: Meditations on the Politics of Identity, Detroit Artists Market

            Detroit, MI

            Alumni Show, Redbull House of Art, Detroit, MI

            A Night of Art and Science, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

            We Have a Dream, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

2014    Abstracticus,  PASSENGER Gallery, Detroit, MI

            Big Paintings at the Factory, The Factory, Highland Park, MI (Curated by Rob Sestok)

            Chronicles, Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, MI

            Detroit @CTAC, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI

           

 

2013    Solo Exhibition, Identity, N'Namdi Contemporary, Detroit, MI

            MIImago Mundi (Luciano Benetton Project), 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice

            Biennale, Venice, IT

            Detroit Painters, Marygrove College Gallery, Detroit, MI

            The Past is Present, contributing artist, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

            Global Colors, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

            Cycle 4 Group Exhibition, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI

            Contemporary American Authors, Beyond Words Gallery, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

            Single Fare, RH Gallery, New York, NY

            Black Detroit 21, Works Gallery University of Michigan Detroit Center, Detroit, MI

 

 2012   Figure Drawing: A Variety of Approaches, University of Michigan, Duderstadt CenterGallery, Ann                    Arbor, MI

            Naked or Nude, Figurative Art Exhibition, North End Studios, Detroit, MI

            Imbibe! A Toast to Potent Art, Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, Detroit, MI

            Group Pride, Pittman-Puckett Gallery, Ferndale, MI

            Felatastic, Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, Detroit, MI

            Two-Person Exhibition, New Work, Cass Café Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

2009    Faculty Art Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

            The Body Eclectic, Lawrence St Gallery, Ferndale, MI

 

2007    The Body Eclectic, Lawrence St Gallery, Ferndale, MI

             Summer Exhibition, Lawrence and Josephine C. Wilkinson Gallery, New York, NY

 

2006    Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Ypsilanti, MI

            Art Masters Association Invitational, Ypsilanti, MI

            Faculty Art Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

2005    Faculty Art Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

2003    Masters Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art: Graduate School of Figurative Art,                                   New York, NY

 

2002    Pork-chop, Lawrence and Josephine C. Wilkinson Gallery, New York, NY

 

 

 

 

COMMISSIONS / PROJECTS

 

2018    (Upcoming) Mural, ACLU of Michigan, Detroit, MI

           The Big Screen: Cobo Art Marquee Series, Video, Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI

           Mural Project, (17ft x 7ft), Acrylic, Wayne State University: Mike Ilitch School of Business, Detroit, MI

           Quicken Loans Small Business Mural Project, (23ft each) Detroit, MI

2017    Muhammad Ali, Mural, Under Armor Corp, Detroit, MI

2016    Murals in the market, Mural, Eastern Market, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI

            Detroit Frieze, Mural (56.6ft x 12ft), Interior Latex, One Campus Martius, Detroit, MI                

2015    Detroit Frieze, Piano,  Oil and mixed media on piano, Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit Institute of Arts,              Detroit MI

2014    Reggie Bush , Mural (20ft x 12ft), Exterior latex on brick,  527 Monroe, Redbull USA,  Detroit, MI

            Waxing & Waning book cover, Painting (48 x 36” ) Oil on Canvas , Joel Green, Detroit,                                      MI

2013    Detroit Remixed, Mural  (23.4ft x 14.4ft) , Exterior latex and oil on mapes corelite composite                              spandrel panels, WholeFoods Corporation, 115 Mack Ave. , Detroit, MI

            Radiance, Mural  (12ft x 9ft) ,Acrylic on panel,  Collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas,                                      Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Part of the exhibition "The Past is Present"   September 6, 2011              January 5, 2014, Detroit, MI

            We Deserve More (Fast Food Worker Rally for Fair Wages, Detroit, MI, May 2013) Mural                                    12ft x 9ft)  Acrylic on panel, Collaboration with Andrea Bowers, Museum of Contemporary Art                          Detroit, Part of the exhibition "The Past is Present" September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014

 

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2018    Grand Prize, Oso Bay Biennial XX: Realism Redux, Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, TX

2013    Red Bull House of Art Artist in Residence, Detroit, MI (January-April )

            Honorable Mention, The Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale MI

            Mural Commission, Whole Foods Market, Detroit MI

2006    Honorable Mention, Cash Prize, Art Masters Association Invitational, Ypsilanti MI

2003    Peter T. Rippon Travel Award, The Royal Academy of Art, London ENG

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Desiree Cooper: “Detroit Proper: Re-examining Americana Through Black Art “, B.L.A.C

Magazine Detroit, August 2018, http://www.blacdetroit.com/BLAC-Detroit/August-2018/Detroit-Proper-Re-examining-Americana-Through-Black-Art/

 

Dennis Alan Nawrocki, “Tylonn J. Sawyer”, Essay’d 2: 30 Detroit Artists, Detroit, Wayne State University Press 2017: 51.

 

Malissa Martin, “Trilogy”, Parkview Magazine, no.6 (July 2017): 68.

 

Michel Arnaud. “Detroit: The Dream Is Now”, New York: Abrams Books 2017: 120.

 

Tempe Nakisha, “The Detroit Survey," Hero Magazine,  no.14 (October 2015): 251.

 

Kahn Santori Davison, “After 8 years on the sidelines, Tylonn J. Sawyer has Emerged “, December 14, 2014, http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/after-8-years-on-the-sidelines-tylonn-j-sawyer-has-emerged/Content?oid=2275347

 

Emell Dera Adoolphus, "Tylonn Sawyer: Youth Program Producer at MOCAD", B. L. A. C.  Magazine, April 1, 2014, http://www.blacdetroit.com/Tylonn-Sawyer-Youth-Program-Producer-at-MOCAD/

 

Ryan Patrick Cooper, "Stretching the Canvas: Inside the House of Art with Tylonn J. Sawyer", givesyouwings.redbull.com, January 2014, http://givesyouwings.redbull.com/us-en/stories/house-of-art/

 

BJ Hammerstein, "Detroit Artist Star of New Red Bull Ad", Detroit Free Press, January 25, 2014, http://www.freep.com/article/20140125/NEWS01/301250052/Detroit-artist-star-new-Red-Bull-ad

 

 

RADIO / TELEVISION

Culture Shift, WDET, Detroit, MI, July 20, 2018, https://wdet.org/posts/2018/07/20/87071-american-gods-in-detroit-artist-tylonn-sawyers-new-exhibition-paints-the-political/

 

Detroit Performs, Detroit Public Television, July 11, 2016, http://www.detroitperforms.org/2016/07/detroit-performs-paintings-prints-and-candies/

 

Live in the “D”, WDIV Channel 4, Detroit, MI, January 27, 2014, http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/red-bull-house-of-art-debuts-in-detroit/24144014

 

World of Redbull Commercial, January 26, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV9Xk2YsrA4

 

Introducing MOCAD’s Teen Arts Council, WDET, Detroit, MI, December 11, 2013, https://soundcloud.com/wdet/introducing-the-mocad-teen

 

LECTURES / TALKS

 2018    Artist Talk, N’Namdi Contemporary, MI, July 21.

2017    Panel discussion, Ripon College, Ripon, WI, September 22.

           Lecture/Presentation, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, August 25.

           Lecture/Presentation, Rush Arts, New York, NY, April 8.

           Lecture/Presentation, University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann  Arbor,                                 MI, February 6.

2016    Lecture/Presentation, Museum of Healing, Detroit, MI, September 18.

2016    Lecture/Presentation, Anton Arts Center, Mount Clemons, MI, July 20.

2015    Lecture/Presentation, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI October 21.

2015    Lecture/Presentation, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, June 27.

2014    Lecture/Presentation, N’Namdi Contemporary, Detroit, MI, January 12.