Tay Butler.

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Tay Butler is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Houston, TX. He received his BFA in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston and completed his Photography MFA at the University of Arkansas. After retiring from the US Army and abandoning a middle-class engineering career to search for purpose, Tay reignited a rich appreciation for Black history and a deep obsession with the Black archive. Through collage, photography, drawing, video, sound, performance and large-scale installation, Tay utilizes past histories and imagery to create new understandings of the present while imagining a brighter future. 

Tay's solo exhibitions and installations include A Friendly Game of Basketball, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, The Triangle, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, RE.Migrant I & II at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX and We Are Still Searching at the Louise J. Moran Fine Arts Courtyard, Houston TX. His work has been featured in group showings for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX and the landmark exhibition Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage for Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN. He has collaborated with the Houston Rockets, Coca-Cola, amongst many others. His awards include the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, the Idea Fund grant from Diverse Works, and First Prize in the 2019 Citywide African-American Artists Exhibition at TSU. He currently teaches Art & Design at San Jacinto College, and has also led over 70 public and private workshops for many institutions from Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas to The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. 


Lawndale: Tay Butler: A Friendly Game of Basketball https://lawndaleartcenter.org/exhibition/tay-butler-2/

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fOXeH0S5-c&list=PLWnrB6I_z5yh29n1qbmdD235tMk6U_Suu

Audio Tour: Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage  https://fristartmuseum.org/resource/audio-tourmultiplicity-blackness-in-contemporary-american-collage/

Sacred: Multi-Disciplinary Artist Tay Butler on "Hyperinvisibility" https://www.sacredhoopsbook.com/playbook/tay-butler-on-hyperinvisibility

CoolXDad: 'IT CAN'T JUST BE THE MONEY': BASKETBALL, BLACKNESS & ART WITH TAY BUTLER https://coolxdad.com/blogs/news/six-degrees-of-separation-from-the-game-basketball-blackness-art-with-tay-butler

The Silver List 2022 https://silvereye.org/exhibitions/2022-silver-list

A Houston-Based Contemporary Artist You Should Know: Tay Butler https://www.houstoniamag.com/arts-and-culture/houston-contemporary-artist-tay-butler

Houstonia: Gulf Coast Artists Shine in the 2021 Biennial https://www.houstoniamag.com/arts-and-culture/2021/08/gulf-coast-artists-2021-texas-biennial

Contemporary Art Museum, Houston: In Conversation with Tay Butler: Slowed and Throwed  https://youtu.be/-ut4QJNNp-w

"Slowed and Throwed": DJ Screw, Community and Collage  https://032c.com/slowed-and-throwed-part-2

Dear Adam Silver Podcast: Tay Butler on Repurposing as Justice  https://open.spotify.com/episode/2jZ8dFBTHniQwLFUFkp6Is

The Everyday Podcast 48: "Black Art" feat Tay Butler https://youtu.be/HA_PVlaoI8M

LENSCRATCH: Focus on Collage - Tay Butler  http://lenscratch.com/2020/11/collage-week-tay-butler/

Glasstire: 101 Black Artists Living and Working in Texas https://glasstire.com/2021/02/09/glasstires-list-of-101-black-artists-living-and-working-in-texas/

Artists Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic in Milwaukee: Tay Butler  https://chealthc.info/art/mcgov-tay-butler-2/

Medium: Creating New Narratives Around the Black Experience through Art https://medium.com/uark-intersections/creating-new-narratives-around-the-black-experience-through-art-b8d05a3483f8

Kolaj magazine "Tay Butler" http://kolajmagazine.com/artistdirectory/tay-butler

ContemporaryAnd "Tay Butler: Connecting to the Past via Fiction"  https://www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/tay-butler-connecting-to-the-past-via-fiction/

Jefferson Pinder: Fire and Movement (video) http://www.jeffersonpinder.com/fire-and-movement

"Empowering Arms" segment on veteran artists, KHOU 11 News  https://youtu.be/8L5LfHbVHdM

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