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Bio &Artist Statement


Troy’s interpersonal communication skills have taken him for the classrooms of his alma mater The Art Academy of Cincinnati where he taught Foundation and illustration courses for several years to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where used his skills to run SAIC’s Summer Institute Residency Program for the college. Troy now focuses those interpersonal skills gained teaching and administrating programs to communicate complex emotional content in his illustrations and creative client-based projects. Now on his fourth Children's Book project he deals with subject matter like critical thinking and emotional intelligence. He has just completed a successful summer exhibiting work on the topic of ‘Memories’ at the Saul Alexander Gallery in Charleston, SC and was just named Artist in Residence at Maryville College in Tenn.


Troy has a BFA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Design and illustration. He also has a Masters in Art Education from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. This is in addition to his successful career in packaging design while working as an Art Director in his hometown of Cincinnati. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in the Raleigh, North Carolina area where he is professor of art at North Carolina Central University and North Wake College & Career Academy.


2005 – 2006                                               MAAE/DAAP

The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH              Study Abroad - Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brasil


2003 – 2005 B.F.A.

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH



2023 Art Fields Exhibition, Lake City, SC           

2022 One Man Exhibit Saul Alexander Gallery, Charleston, SC

2020 NCCU Faculty Exhibit

2019 One Man Exhibit/Maryville College, TN, Artist-in-Residence Program

2019 Studio Visit Magazine #43

2019 Studio Visit Magazine #45

2018 ETS AP Studio Art Exhibit Curator

2018 Studio Visit Magazine/Winter Edition 44

2016 Studio Visit Magazine/Winter Edition 36

2016 Group Exhibition/Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh/CAMstellation Exhibition

2015  Black Creativity Exhibition Chicago, IL

2013  SAIC/Faculty/Staff Exhibit

2011  AAC - Faculty/Staff Exhibit

2010  AAC - Faculty/Staff Exhibit

2008  Taft Museum/ARC Fundraising Exhibit

2008 AAC - Faculty/Staff Exhibit

2007 Tiger Lilly Annual Exhibit

2005 Group Exhibit, Media Bridges, Cincinnati, OH.

2004 Chidlaw Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

2002 Cincinnati Art Club Sketch Group Exhibit

2000 Cincinnati Art Club Sketch Group Exhibit

1998-2000 US Environmental Protection Agency, Black History Month Exhibit

1998 Freeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

One ManExhibition                      


2023  Studio Visit Magazine Exhibitor/Winter Edition 53/54

2023 ArtFields, Lake City Exhibitor & Publication

2019 Studio Visit Magazine Exhibitor/Winter Edition 45

2019 Studio Visit Magazine Exhibitor/Winter Edition 43

2016 Studio Visit Magazine, Winter Edition 2017

2014 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit, Chicago, IL

2012 US Air Force Artist Program Recipient

2005 CMYK Magazine National Student Merit recipient/Illustration

2004 CMYK Magazine National Student Merit recipient/Illustration

2003 Tall Stacks Official Poster Contest Winner                              

Commissions/Client List

1996 to Present The Perfect Brew

2006 to 2009  Upstream Media

2007 Powers Agency

2006 Jetlag Productions Inc. Screening Room Mural

2004 Cincinnati Public Library, Mural for the Children’s Department

2004 Art Academy of Cincinnati 2004 Graduation Invitation and Program Design

2001-2003 Margaritas Restaurant Group

1996 Cincinnati Ballet Kids’ Wall Mural

1987-1996 Fifth Third Bank Jazz Series illustrations



2023 Art Fields Exhibit Catalogue, Lake City, SC

2020 Exhibit Catalogue Maryville College

2009                                                              Globalization Art & Education, Dr. Flavia Bastos Border Crossing Dialogues: Critically Preparing Art Educators for Participation in a Global Society

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