Tyree Brown- Fine Artist
Allowing Jesus to navigate my artistry one day at a time. Through faith, it is God that helps me draw despite my disability.
Throughout my life God has protected me from many things that could have pulled me away from my passion, art. In junior high school the first person to acknowledge my passion was my 8th grade teacher. He saw my art and noticed how strong of a passion I had towards it. He noticed my talent and God lead him to suggest to me a high school where visual arts were taught. He urged me to apply to the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School. I was blessed to be accepted into that high school, where my artistic learning truly began.
During the summer of 2012, after my junior year of high school I applied to the Maryland Institute College of Art summer pre-college program where I studied painting. This program has not only prepared me for the college experience, but has really put an extra boost in the journey I would take for my artistic career.
In 2013 I graduated high school and attended the Corcoran College of the Arts and Design in the fall. I studied Fine Art, focusing on painting and drawing. I took drawing classes under the artist, Peter Bottger and painting classes under the artist, Janis Goodman. The Corcoran School opened my understanding about art and further excelled my artistry by providing a platform of opportunities within the art world. I completed my first two years of the Corcoran College before being injured in a car accident in 2015.
God sets a pace for us to run in our lives, at times we tend to run ahead too fast, so we forget God, but through it all God finds a way where we can run his pace and still get where we need to be. On May 15, 2015, I was in a car accident that injured my spinal cord leaving me tetraplegic. Tetraplegia, a paralyses that resulted in partial loss of function in all four of my limbs. The beginning of my injury was really tough not knowing the mobility I would recover. It was hard because it affected many things in my life. My dominant right hand was affected the most, the hand I once used to draw with, couldn’t make any functional movements. Through occupational therapy I learned to function solely with my left hand even with its limited mobility.
Through practice, God helped me improve my artistic skills with my left hand. Due to my injury, painting and drawing became difficult for me, but every day it becomes manageable for me to do. I received my AFA in 2018 from the Corcoran College, and was able to participate in my graduating class thesis show in May 2018 which included 6 portraits entitled, “With Process Comes Portraits”. With many difficulties in my path I really push for my art career and its success, even now I am currently working with portraits, and drawing in graphite and charcoal. I will not, by the Grace of God, ever stop making art.
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, May 2018
Associates of Fine Arts
Maryland Institute College of Art, Summer 2012
Pre- College Program, Fibers, Figure painting with Acrylic
Suitland High School, May 2013
Visual Arts Program
Exhibitions and Awards
RAW Artist Showcase, February 2019
An Artist collective Showcase
NEXT Thesis Show, 2018
Corcoran’s annual thesis exhibition which showcases graduating student’s work over the course of their final year.
Rising Star Award, 2018
An award given to an individual who overcame obstacles and accomplished goals despite their disability.
Meaning: Fine Art Exhibition, 2015
An exhibition for students majoring in Fine Art held at the Corcoran.
Achievement Award: Fashion, 2013
Award given by the head faculty member of their field to individuals who excel within their subject.
First Place, Congressional Arts Competition, 2012
First place winner of a district wide artist competition.