WIU Alumnus Creating a Name in Milwaukee Art World

0000037100-0000004336-Buie_01Western Illinois University 2006 alumnus Tyanna Buie is taking the Milwaukee, WI, art world by storm, becoming the first African American woman to win the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship.

Buie earned her bachelor’s degree in art and minor in marketing from WIU. She then earned her master’s degree in print making from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2010.

WIU Art Professor Suzan Czechowski is Buie’s mentor and friend. Buie credits Czechowski for helping her fall in love with print making and developing her personal creative style.

Now working as a lecturer at the Milwaukee School of Art and Design, Buie’s art work has been featured in numerous shows around the country, including a September 2012 show in the WIU Art Gallery.

Buie’s work is mostly large scale monotype silkscreen prints with a collage aspect.

Her recent fellowship award has been called the “most important prize for individual artists,” in Milwaukee.

Buie’s life was the topic of a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper story, where she talked about her life in Chicago’s foster care system. She began to discover her creative side, drawing and making sculptured, during that time.

To read more about Buie’s work, visit jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/186421711.html.

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