• Tyrone Mitchell


    Tyrone Mitchell is an American sculptor, who was born in Savannah, Georgia, where he lived until he was ten years old and his family moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Though his family moved north, the Southern tradition moved with them, and a huge part of that tradition is storytelling. Mitchell's sculptures are the stories, rather conversations, about the cultural, musical, religious, and political crossings of our time. His work has earned him numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Lila Wallance Reader's Digest Award and Residency at Claude Monet's estate in Giverny, France; the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship; the Seagram's Purchase Award: Studio Museum in Harlem; and, the Forma Viva Grant (Slovenia). Mitchell's work is included in prestigious collections. He is a professor of art at Queens College, CUNY. His studio is outside of Hudson, New York.



    Tyrone Mitchell's work is available via email contact: mitchelltm@aol.com


  • Curriculum Vitae





    The Newark Museum

    The Studio Museum in Harlem

    The Delaware Art Museum

    The Reader's Digest Corporate Collection

    The Schomburgh Center for Research in Black Culture

    The Drs. Camille & William H. Cosby Collection

    Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

    Art Awareness

    Winston-Salem State University

    The New York Public Library/Countee Cullen Branch

    Abyssinian Baptist Church, NYC



    2015 On the Line, Merton Simpson Gallery of Traditional & Contemporary Art

    2005-2006 Resisting Arrest, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, New York, Detroit, Chicago

    1997 G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI

    1997 G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL

    1997 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    1993 G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI

    1990 The Newark Museum

    1989 The Bronx Museum of Art, Jerry Clifford Gallery

    1988 Plumes for Dark Victories, CYRUS Gallery, NYC

    1988 Night Riddles, Sculpture Center Gallery, NYC

    1987 PS 39, Longwood Arts Project, The Bronx Council on the Arts

    1982 Fire, Water, Primal Field, Cinque Gallery, NYC

    1972 Gallery 1199, Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center, NYC



    2014 Iconomania, Merton Simpson Gallery of Tribal & Contemporary Art, NYC

    2014 Queens College Art Faculty, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Flushing, NY

    2011 Put up or Shut Up, National Arts Academy, New York City

    2011 MFA Faculty Exhibition, Queens College, Flushing, Queens

    2008 From Taboo to Icon, The Ice Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2005 Sculpt Somethin’, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago

    2004 Seaside Dreams: Atlantic City Celebrates 150 Years.

    The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

    2004 The 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art.

    The National Academy Museum, NYC

    2004 Everyday Magic. The Times Square Lobby Gallery, NYC

    2001 Working Here. 111 First Street Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

    2000 Into the Millennium. The Newark Museum, NJ

    1999 Passages. Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

    1998 Assemblage. Center for Creative Studies,

    College of Art & Design Institute of Music & Dance, Detroit, MI

    1997 Anguilla International Arts Festival, Anguilla, WI

    1995 The Listening Sky. The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

    1994 TOTEMS. Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1992- Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence.

    Fukui Fine Art Museum, 1993Fukui Prefecture, Japan;

    Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, Osuka, Japan;

    Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima-shi, Japan;

    New Jersey Museum, Trenton, New Jersey

    1991 Museo de Artes Visuales, Caracas, Venezuela

    1990 THE DECADE SHOW: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s.

    New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem,

    The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art.

    1990 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Cinque Gallery, NYC

    1990 Gallery Artists, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

    1990 Six Contemporary Sculptors. M-13 Gallery, New York. Catalogue

    1989 Traditions and Transformations: Contemporary Afro-American Sculpture. The Bronx Museum of Art.

    1989 Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans & Brazilians of African Decent.

    Los Angeles Museum of African-American Art, Bronx Museum of Art.

    1988 Gallery Artists, CYRUS Gallery, NYC

    1988 Double Vision. Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; PS 39, Bronx Council on the Arts

    1987 Who's Uptown: Harlem '87. Schomburgh Center for Research in Black Culture

    1987 Celebration of Alternative Spaces. Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

    1987 Above it All: Sculptors of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. PS 39, Bronx, NY

    1985 DESIGNED, But not Realized. Jamaica Arts Center, Jamaica, NY

    1985 CARNIVAL: Ritual of Reversal. Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

    1984 Sticks & Stones: Modern/Post Modern Sculpture. Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

    1984 Affirmations of Life. Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

    1983 Skowhegan Faculty Show. Colby Art Gallery, Waterville, Maine

    1983 The Black & White Show. Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

    1983 Former Artists-in-Residence Exhibition. The Studio Museum in Harlem.

    1983 4th Annual Exhibition. The Atlanta Life Insurance Co., Atlanta, GA

    1982 The UFO Show. The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY

    1981 Sculpture '81. Counterpoints Guild: Lever House Gallery, NYC

    1981 Dialogues. Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NYC

    1981 Indigenous Wood. Kenkeleba House Gallery, NYC

    1980 Afro-American Abstraction. PS 1, Long Island City. Traveled to:

    The Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY; The Art Center, South Bend, ID;

    The Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA;

    The Brooks Memorial Gallery, Memphis, TN;

    The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX;

    The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH.

    1980 Discovery/Rediscovery. Sculpture Center Gallery, NYC

    1980 Ten Artists. Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, NYC

    1980 Power Objects. Howard University Gallery, Washington, DC

    1979 Cinque Gallery, NYC

    1979 FESTAC Reunion Show. Cinque Gallery, NYC

    1978 Microcosm/Macrocosm. Tim Blackburn Gallery, NYC

    1977 Black Art: A Select Sampling. Florida International University, Tamiami

    1977 Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture:

    FESTAC '77. Lagos and Kadona, Nigeria

    1976 Artists of Williamsburgh. New Muse, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

    1975 Negro History Museum, Hempstead, NY

    1974 Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

    1974 Riverside Church Gallery, NYC

    1974 County Cullen Gallery, NYC

    1973 Automation House, NYC

    1973 Genesis II. Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY

    1972 The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

    1972 Lincoln Center Art Gallery, NYC

    1970 National Museum of Dakar, Senegal



    2004 Hattie McDaniel Fine Arts Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

    2002 Forma Viva Grant, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia

    1999 Seagram's Purchase Award: Studio Museum in Harlem

    1996 Research Foundation of the City University of New York Grant

    1995 United States Information Agency Fellow: University of Delhi, India,

    Visiting Professor and Sanskreeti Artist-in-Residence

    1994 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship

    1991 Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fellowship, Musee Claude Monet, Giverny, France

    1990 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

    1984 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

    1983 Artists Space Grant

    1983 Change, Inc. Award

    1980-82 PS 1, National Studio Artist

    1981 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Scholarship

    1980 New York State Council on the Arts, CAPS Grant

    1980 Ossabaw Foundation Fellowship

    1975 Printmaking Workshop Fellowship

    1968 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

    1961 Bernard Klonis Award



    2007- Professor, Art Department, Queens College, CUNY

    2013-2014 Chair, MFA Program Committee, Queens College, CUNY

    1999-2006 Associate Professor, Art Department, Queens College, CUNY

    1993-1999 Assistant Professor, Art Department, Queens College, CUNY

    1995 Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, India (USIA)

    1992-93 City College, City University of New York

    1992-93 Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

    1988-93 Hunter College, City University of New York

    1983 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

    1982-83 State University of New York at Old Westbury



    2004 Full Spectrum, LLC, for 1400 on Fifth Avenue, New York City

    2002 Bozidar Jakac Gallery, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia

    2001 New U.S. Court House, Brooklyn, New York (Contract Awarded)

    1996 Studio Museum in Harlem, Sculpture Garden, NYC

    1994 Public Art Fund, Battery Park City, NYC

    1990 Art Awareness, Lexington, New York

    1984 Sculpture Garden '85, Winston-Salem State University

    1981 The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture




    Freeling, Isa. Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father’s Legacy in Motion, while “Others Try to Stop the Train. http://www.huffingtonpost/isafreeling/son-keeps-his-fathers-legacy-while-others-try-to-stop-the-train_b_4975692.html.

    all-art.org. History of Art and Sculpture: Sculpture Since 1945/African American Sculpture.  http://www.all-art.org/Architecture/24-10.htm.

    Bey, Dawoud. Artist Story: Dawoud Bey. Chicago Artists Resource. http/www.chicagoartistsresource.org/visual-arts/node/352.

    Mauss, Nick. The Black and White Show: Lorraine O’Grady: This Poem is for You. Art Forum, vol. XLVII, No. 19, May 2009, p.31 (photo of work).

    Sousanis, Nick. Tyrone Mitchell: Resisting Arrest (photos included). thedetroiter.com, March 22, 2006. http//:www.thedetroiter.com/tyronemitchell

    Janson, Anthony, Ed. H. W. Janson: The History of Art. New York: Harry Abrams, 1994, p. 831.

    Miro, Marsha. City Focus [Detroit]: A Cause to Celebrate (photo). ART news, June 2001, p.82.

    Commissions in Brief (photo included). Maquette Sculpture Magazine. March 1995, p.23.

    Cotter, Holland. Sculpture Under the Sky: Free, Daring and Soon Departed. The New York Times, August 26, 1994, p. C1.

    City Arts (August Events in New York City). PBS, Channel 13, August 1994.

    Vogel, Carol. Inside Art: Making Outdoor Sculpture Temporary. The New York Times, Weekend Section, July 22, 994, p. C1.

    Artist’s Homage to a Jazzman. (Photo included). The New York Times, July 21, 1994, p. C3.

    Raynor, Vivien. Bringing Out the Works of So-Called ‘Outsiders.’ The New York Times (NJ), November 28, 1993, p. 16.

    Sozanski, Edward (Inquirer Art Critic). Casting New Light on the Work of Black Americans, the Philadelphia Inquirer, November 28, 1993, p. H1 and H6.

    Levine, Gina. Every Picture Tells a Story of African-American Art. The Star-Ledger (Newark), Today, August 25, 1993, p.4.

    Miro, Marsha. Spiritual, Material Values Clash in Sculptor’s Work. The Detroit Free Press, Art, June 4, 1993, p. 10C.

    Hakanson Colby, Joy. Painting Puts Magic into Mitchell’s Material World. The Detroit News, May 28, 1993, p. 9D.

    Spirit: Metro Detroit’s Monthly Arts and Information Magazine (photo), June 1993, p. 25.

    Arte Afro-Americano. El Universal (Caracas), Culturales, May 18, 1991, p. 47.

    Grasso, Tosca. La Materializacion Del Espiritu. Economia Hoy (Caracas), May 24, 1991, p. 23.

    Gomez, Andreina. Cuatro Artistas Norteamericanos En El MAVAO (photo of artist and work). El Nacional, May 17, 1991, p. 34.

    Pilkington, Muriel. Show of Major Afro-American Artists Opens Today in la Rincondada Museum. The Daily Journal (Caracas), Arts & Entertainment, May 19, 1991, p. 19.

    Myers, Terry R. Tyrone Mitchell. Arts Magazine, March 1991, p. 84.

    Snow, Shauna. Currents. The Los Angeles Times, February 3, 1991.

    Watkins, Eileen. In Museums: Newark Museum Attracts 342,000 Visitors for Year. The Star-Ledger, January 18, 1991, p. 70.

    Raynor, Vivien. In Two Shows, a Strong Tactile Quality. The New York Times, December 30, 1990, New Jersey edition, Section 2, p. 14.

    Sheffield, Margaret. Tyrone Mitchell: The Mythic and the Minimal. ARTNEWS, December 1990, p. 97-98.

    Yu, Winifred. Art Awareness Makes Cutting Edge Rural. Sunday Times Union, August 12, 1990.

    Raynor, Vivien. Art. The New York Times, May 11, 1990, p. 36.

    Patton, Sharon. The Agenda for the Eighties: Socially Conscious Art, exh. cat., The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s. New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, 1990, p. 83.

    Zimmer, William. Origins: Six Contemporary Sculptors. New York: M-13 Gallery, 1990.

    Samuelson, Andra. Music, Toys and Boxes. Ear, December 1989-January 1990, p. 24.

    Cyphers, Peggy. New York in Review. Arts Magazine, March 1989, p.103.

    Verre, Philip. Tyrone Mitchell. Exh. cat., Traditions and Transformations: Contemporary African American Sculpture. Bronx: Bronx Museum of Art, 1989, p. 39.

    Drewall, Henry J. and David Driskell. exh. cat., Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Decent [Tyrone Mitchell in On the Nature of Their Work]. Los Angeles: California Afro-American Museum Foundation, 1989.

    Raynor, Vivian. Modern Sculpture of 11 Black Artists at Bronx Museum. The New York Times, Art, March 26, 1989, p. C4.

    City Scene: For Arts Sake. City Sun, February 3-9, 1988, p. 14.

    Wilson, Judith. Veterans on the Move: Tyrone Mitchell. Black Arts Annual 1987-88. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988, p. 37.

    Jones, Kelly and Wilson, Fred. exh. cat., Double Vision. Buffalo: Hallwalls, 1988.

    Raynor, Vivien. ‘Double Vision’ Examines Cultural Identity of Artists. The New York Times, Art, May 15, 1988, p. 38.

    Raynor, Vivien. Lehman Shows ‘Products’ of the Bronx Alternative Spaces. The New York Times, May 10, 1987, p. 40.

    Bibby, Deidre. exh. cat., Who's Uptown: Harlem '87. New York: Schomburgh Center for Research in Black Culture, 1987.

    Washington, Elsie B. Education of the Eye. ARTNEWS, September 1986, pp. 11-12.

    Educating the Eye. Art in America, THE VASARI DIARY, September 1986, p. 112.

    Harmon, Marsha. Sculpture Garden Takes Root in North Carolina. The Art Journal [Nashville Tennessee], November 1985, p. 8.

    Raising of the Great Stone. The Independent [Winston-Salem, NC], September 9, 1985, p. 1.

    University Gets Funds for Sculpture. Winston-Salem Journal, Sunday, August, 4, 1985.

    Interview with Tyrone Mitchell. The Advocate [Williamstown, Massachusetts], April 24, 1985, p. 17.

    Williams, Randy. exh. cat., Designed, But not Realized. New York: Jamaica Arts Center, 1985.

    Slaton, Amy. Sticks and Stones at Kenkeleba. East Village Eye, November 1984, p. 35.

    Jones, Kelly and McCaleb, Howard. exh. cat., Sticks and Stones. New York: Kenkeleba Gallery, 1984.

    Glueck, Grace. Art: Studio Museum Exhibits Alma Thomas. The New York Times, April 29, 1983, p. C22.

    Morch, Al. Powerful Art of Afro-American Abstraction. San Francisco Examiner, November 12, 1982.

    Afro-American Abstraction Exhibit. Oakland Post, October 31, 1982, p. 12D.

    Shore, Charles. An exhibit raises a question. The Tribune, Art, November 28, 1982, H7.

    Afro-American Abstraction. San Francisco-Oakland Observer, November 4, 1982, p. 43.

    Borden, Lorenzo. JAM exhibit: Artists’ bread and butter. New York Amsterdam News, April 25, 1981, p. 36.

    Fogey, Benjamin. A Focus on Ethnic Identity. Washington Star, June 12, 1980.

    Alloway, Lawrence. Art. The Nation, April 12, 1980, p. 441.

    Sims, Lowry. Cinque Gallery. Routes, April 1980, p. 25.

    Perrault, John. Positively Black. The Soho Weekly News, February 27, 1980, p. 27.

    Kingsley, April. exh. cat., Afro-American Abstraction. San Francisco: Art Museum Association, 1980.

    Black Art Exhibit at Countee Cullen [New York Public Library]. New York Amsterdam News, February 25, 1974, p. 42.




    1981 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

    1965-67 New York Studio School

    1961-65 Art Students League




    2015 Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

    2012 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

    2005 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

    2002 Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, Johnson, VT

    1995 Sanskreeti, New Delhi, India (USIA)

    1992 University of Colorado, Boulder

    1990 Art Awareness, Lexington, New York

    1990 Western Michigan University

    1986 Bronx Council on the Arts

    1985 Williams College

    1981 Studio Museum in Harlem



    2012 Vermont Studio Center

    2005 Vermont Studio Center

    2002 Vermont Studio Center

    2000-02 Joan Mitchell Foundation

    1996 Queens College, Faculty Lecture

    1995 New School for Social Research & the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

    1994 Sanskreeti Prathishthan, Old Delhi, India

    1993 Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College,

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

    1993 The Redevelopment Agency of San Diego, CA

    1992 University of Colorado, Boulder

    1990 Montclair State College

    1990 The Newark Museum

    1990 The Whitney Museum at Philip Morris

    1990 Western Michigan University

    1990 Art Awareness, Lexington, NY

    1989 California Institute for the Arts

    1989 Los Angeles Museum of African American Arts

    1988 State University of New York at Stony Brook

    1987 Williams College

    1986 The Bronx Council on the Arts

    1985 Reynolda House, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    1985 Hatch-Billops Collection, NYC. When that Time Came Rolling Down.

    1985 The Bronx Museum of Art, Satellite Program

    1983 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture



    2000-2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation

    2003 Joan Mitchell Foundation

    2000 Joan Mitchell Foundation

    1999 Fairmount Park Art Association.

    New Land Marks Symposium: public art, community,

    and the meaning of place. Philadelphia, PA

    1997 New York Foundation for the Arts. New York State Artists'

    Fellowship Program, Sculpture.

    1996 Metropolitan Transit Authority

    1995 Nature Landscape and Contemporary Sculpture.

    New School for Social Research and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

    1994 Provincetown Workshop, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA

    1992 Museo de Artes Visuales, Caracas, Venezuela

    1989 Los Angeles Museum of African-American Art

    1986 Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Arts for Transit. NYC

    1985 New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship Program, Sculpture. NYC



    1987 Prevalence of Myth, Organization of Independent Artists,

    Tenth Anniversary Exhibition Series, the Bronx Council on the Arts.



    2006-Present. Joan Mitchell Foundation

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