EDUCATION

2003

New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art, New York , NY— Master of Fine Arts (Painting), Cum Laude

The Royal Academy of Art, London, ENG — Independent Study

 

2001

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI — Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing & Painting), 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2017   

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

Hi-Res, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY 

Now & Then, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI 

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", Innerstate Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

2014

"Abstracticus", PASSENGER Gallery, Detroit, MI

Big Paintings at the Factory, The Factory, Highland Park, MI 

Chronicles, Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, MI 

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

Black Women Rock: The Exhibition, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI 

 

2013

Identity, Solo exhibition, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

Small Business Saturday, Group Exhibition, Cork Town Studios, Detroit, MI

Naked or Nude, Photography Exhibition, North End Studios, Detroit, MI

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

Detroit Painters, Group Exhibition, Marygrove College Gallery, Detroit, MI

The Past is Present, Contributing Artist, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

Global Colors" Group Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

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

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

Single Fare: Group Exhibition, RH Gallery, New York, NY

The Body Eclectic, Figurative Art Exhibition, Lawrence St Gallery, Ferndale, MI

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

 

2012

"Grand Opening" Group Exhibition, Rodin, Detroit, MI

Figure Drawing: A Variety of Approaches, Group Invitational, University of Michigan, Dunderstat Center Gallery, 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 Exhibition, Pittman-Puckett Gallery, Ferndale, MI 

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

New Work: Two Man Exhibition, Cass Café Gallery, Detroit, MI

Faculty Art Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

2009

Faculty Art Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

The Body Eclectic, Lawrence St Gallery, Ferndale, MI

 

2008

The Mahogany Revue, The Detroit Music Hall, Detroit, MI

 

2007

The Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI 

New York Academy of Art 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

New York Academy of Art Masters Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY

 

2002

Pork-chop:  Group Exhibition, Lawrence and Josephine C. Wilkinson Gallery, New York, NY

 

2000

Student Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

1999

Two Person Exhibition, Inter-media Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

 

1998

Student Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

 

RESIDENCIES

2013

Red Bull House of Art, Artist in Residence, Detroit, MI 

 

PROFESSIONAL

2014

2012 - Present     Adjunct Faculty, College for Creative Studies, Drawing I & II, Detroit, MI

2013 - Present     Youth Program Producer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

2014        Adjunct Faculty, Marygrove College, Painting (Beginning - advance), Detroit, MI

 

2013

2004-2013    Adjunct Instructor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, Figurative Painting,             Drawing I & II, Beginning Life Drawing - Graduate level, 2-D Design, Introduction to Art

2011-2013     El Arte Elementary and Secondary Arts-infused Education Program Manager, 

        Living Arts; Detroit, MI

2007

Adjunct Faculty, Oakland Community College, Drawing I, Farmington, MI

 

2004

Art Instructor, Program Coordinator, Oasis Children’s Services,  New York, NY                                        

 

2003

Curriculum Specialist/Leadership Staff, Fiver Foundation, New York, NY

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Adobe Creative Suite CC 2014: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Sketchbook Pro, Garage Band, Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Mac Office Products: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, I Movie, Blackboard

 

AWARDS

2013

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

 

2002

Merit Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York NY

 

2001

Merit Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

 

1999

University Merit Scholarship, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 

 

COMMISSIONS

2014

Redbull USA | Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions | 20ft x 12ftMural | Exterior latex on brick l 527 Monroe Detroit, MI

Joel “Fluent” Greene | Waxing & Waning book cover |48 x 36” | Oil on Canvas 

 

2013

Whole Foods Detroit| 23.4ft x 14.4ftMural| Exterior latex and Oil on Mapes Corelite composite spandrel panels 115 Mack Ave. Detroit, MI

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit | Radiance | 12ft x 9ft Mural | Acrylic on panel | Collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas . Part of the exhibition "The Past is Present" September 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014

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

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Alejandro Valtierra, "Contemporary Abstractions at Passenger", Insouciant Writing, November 13, 2014, https://insouciantwriting.wordpress.com/tag/tylonn-sawyer/

 

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/

 

B.J. 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

 

Crystal A. Proxmire, "Opening of the Body Eclectic at Lawrence St. Gallery" Oakland County One ~ Fifteen, February 2, 2013, http://oaklandcounty115.com/2013/02/02/opening-of-the-body-eclectic-at-lawrence-st-gallery-video/

 

Alonso Delarte, "Black Detroit 21 Kicks Off with Art Exhibit", Examiner.com, January 12, 2013, http://www.examiner.com/article/black-detroit-21-kicks-off-with-art-exhibit

 

Colin Darke, "Great Food and Good Art: Review "New Work" M. Saffell Gardner and Tylonn J. Sawyer", Huffington Post, March 15, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colin-darke/cass-cafe-gallery-detroit_b_1345748.html

 

 

RADIO/TELEVISION

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

                     

GALLERY AFFILIATION

N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

 

COLLECTIONS

Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

George N'Namdi, Detroit, MI 

Eric Hill, Southfield MI

Desiree Cooper, West Bloomfield, MI 

Dara and Blaire Brown, Baltimore, MD

Dr.Lorna Thomas, Detroit, MI

Dr. Edward Roberts, Southfield ,MI

Derrick J. Rogers, Detroit, MI

Dr. Tony Poretta, Farmington, MI

Marcus Still, Lawnside, NJ

Jerry James, Brooklyn, NY

Karim Eljah, New York, NY

Sean Lewis, New York, NY