MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Tyler Farinholt (b. 1986) is a portrait artist, arts-educator and curator, currently living in Baltimore City Maryland. Farinholt studied art history, theory and criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He maintains a diverse involvement in the Baltimore arts community, producing numerous curatorial projects, working within museum education, and facilitating community-engagement programs throughout the city. He has curated exhibitions for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, as well as co-curated major exhibitions for MICA. Farinholt is also passionate about art education. He worked within the education department of The Walters Art museum where he facilitated programs for diverse and first-time audiences. Education and access are his passions. Farinholt has become invested in creating opportunities to make art more accessible and collaborative for Baltimore communities. He currently teaches art to youth in East Baltimore as a member of The Maryland Institute College of Art's Office of Community Engagement. Farinholt started drawing in earnest in 2012. His early works in charcoal evolved from smaller portrait-studies into large, emotional, chiaroscuro mixed-media drawings. Influenced by portrait artists like Kehinde Wiley, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Robert Mapplethorpe and Bill Henson, his artworks explore themes of masculinity, anxiety, isolation, and identity. His recent body of work focuses on the representation of African American males. Eroded textures and metallic surfaces have become staples throughout Farinholt's recent drawings on paper. His artwork has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. He is also recipient of the 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts.