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Artist Statement

Tyler Starr’s mixed-media works on paper combine direct observation, poetic associations and elements of yellow journalism to visualize social and spiritual conundrums in such forms as prophetic motorcades from declassified FBI documents and imposing geographical sites associated with tragedies. The works are made through a combination of drawing, collage, and stencils with an interest in the ways printed information has been used from its very beginnings to map human endeavors. His work has been exhibited internationally at Yale University’s Haas Arts Library, New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Liège (Belgium) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan).

Artist Bio

B. Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Lives in Charlotte, North Carolina


Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, PhD in Studio Arts 2011

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Master of Fine Arts 2002

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Bachelor of Fine Arts 1997

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1992-1994

Awards/ Residencies

2016 Regional Artist Project Grant, North Carolina Arts & Science Council

2014 OMI International Arts Center Artist in Residence

2013 Christiania Researcher in Residence, Denmark2011 Grant Wood Fellowship, University of Iowa

2004 Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship to study at Tokyo University of the Arts

1998 Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Art, Krakow Poland