In a career that spreads across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. Recently retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, Geter grew up in Anniston, Alabama, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice.
Geter received his Master’s of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1976 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. An exceptional draftsman, his portraits are sensitive, timeless and masterfully executed. Their power, displayed through their expression, gesture and adornments, seem often suspended in an otherworldly environment. Equal to the history his figures embody, they also speak of a spiritual world overflowing with compassions and empathy. In this regard, his work is uniquely distinctive.
In 1979, Tyrone Geter relocated to Zaria, Nigeria. For seven years he lived, drew and painted among the Fulani and local peoples of Northern Nigeria. He describes the experience as an experience that taught him ”to understand the nature of life in a society where life was nature and sometimes both hard and cruel.”
His work has been exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, WaterFront Gallery, Charleston, SC, Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, OH; Hampton Institute College Museum, Hampton, VA; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, to name a few. His honors include first place, Moja Arts Festival, Charleston, SC; first place Robert Duncanson Award from Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH; artist fellowship grant from Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, Boston, MA; grant from Columbus, Ohio Arts Council.
Additionally, Tyrone Geter is in demand as an illustrator of children’s books and has illustrated a number of important books for young readers. He has just completed a children book on the life of James Earl Jones. The list includes Irene Smalls-Hector Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel; Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1991, reprinted, 2004; Evelyn Coleman, White Socks Only, A. Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1996 and Dinah Johnson’s Sunday Week, Holt (New York, NY), 1999.
Tyrone Geter lives in Columbia, SC and is a retired professor from Benedict College.