Tyanna Buie

Assistant Professor / Section Lead of Printmaking
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison ; BA, Western Illinois University


View some of Tyanna Buie‘s work

Photo-based images, family memorabilia, and documents sourced from family members allow me to re-visit and revive previous impressions from past events. Inspired by positive and negative experiences that come with the foster care system, I was fortunate to find my voice, creative vision, and a connection with the outside world through the re-making of images. My work consists of repetition, dissemination, and the building of images combined with methods such as, painting, drawing, collage, and screen-printing in a non-traditional manner on paper, while creating singular pieces as well as large-scale site-specific installations. Through a non-specific order of occurrence, the images begin to manifest into exaggerated accounts that are inconsistent from one event to another. The use of traditional narrative and non-narrative aspects of storytelling is prevalent throughout in the work, which allows me to challenge my family’s past, in an attempt to re-imagine the future through fragmentation.

Professional Experience

Buie has taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for 3.5 years before joining CCS in the fall of 2015. She has been a visiting artist lecturer in Iowa, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Alabama, Missouri, Arizona, and Rhode Island, while continuing to exhibit her works in numerous juried, group and solo exhibitions throughout the country.

In 2012, Tyanna received an emerging artist Mary L. Nohl Fellowship and is the recipient of the 2015 Love of Humanity Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Tyanna has been granted several significant Artists-In-Residence awards, such as the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

More information can be found at tyannabuie.com.

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions


2019, Grant Wood Fellowship Printmaking, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2019, Kresge Artist Fellowship: Visual, Detroit, MI

2015, Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grant, New York, NY


Dennis A. Nawrocki, “129 Tyanna J. Buie” Essay’d, short essays on Detroit artists.
essayd.org, August 28, 2019

Sarah Rose Sharp, A History of Head Wraps and Wrought-Iron Windows in an Artist’s Travels
February 22, 2018


• 2019, After Image, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
• 2019, Useless Utility, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
• 2018, Object. Pattern. Image. Revival. The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
• 2018, On the Inside Out: Frostic School of Art, Monroe-Brown Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
• 2018, Im•Positioned, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI
• 2018, Memetic Gestures, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI
• 2018, Enmeshed, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapid, MI