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.

Vote for WIU alum in Phi Kappa Phi grad photo contest!

WIU 2012 Graduate Diesel Baldwin - Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Photo Contest

Diesel Baldwin finished his B.A. in anthropology and a double minor in law enforcement and justice administration and biological sciences–zoology in December 2012. He submitted this photo into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Photo Contest, and it made the top 10. Vote for the photo through Feb. 22 at phikappaphi.wufoo.com/forms/graduation-photo-contest/.

His expression says it all…

That’s likely why the photo of 2012 graduate Diesel Baldwin (see above)–an image of him enthusiastically shaking Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas’ hand on the WIU Commencement stage last December–made the cut in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Graduation Photo contest. It is in the top 10.

Diesel said his mother-in-law took the photo.

“They were calling for submissions on the PKP website, so I voluntarily submitted a couple of photos, and that is the one they chose,” he noted.

Diesel finished his B.A. in anthropology and a double minor in law enforcement and justice administration and biological sciences–zoology in December. To be a member of Phi Kappa Phi, as an undergraduate, he had to maintain, and graduate with, a high grade point average. He certainly accomplished that: he said his overall GPA was 3.99–a 4.0 in his major and in his LEJA minor and a 3.95 in his zoology minor.

He’s already back in school at Western, currently enrolled at WIU-Quad Cities as a graduate student in the biological sciences, zoo and aquarium studies post-baccalaureate certificate program. He also works as a student worker in the WIU Admissions Office.

He has plans to pursue his master’s degree in forensic anthropology (biological/physical anthropology) and has applied to several institutions that have such programs (Western does not).

Voting ends Feb. 22. Vote for Diesel’s photo at https://phikappaphi.wufoo.com/forms/graduation-photo-contest/