Suyao Tian Artist Talk

With limited availability, reserve your seat early by purchasing your pre-sale ticket early. 

We invite you to join us for an evening of conversation with exhibiting solo artist, Suyao Tian, moderated by fellow local artist and MPLSART art writer Russ White. Together the pair will discuss In Your Own Words, a collection of Suyao’s most recent works hosted by Gamut Gallery in downtown Minneapolis.

As temperatures rise in the Midwest, Suyao’s organic pools of vibrant color welcome viewers to dive in and explore a world beneath the surface. Her whimsical compositions capture our imaginations uniquely, connecting audiences to In Your Own Words through the lens of their individual experiences, memories, and creativity. For the first time in her career, collectors will have the opportunity to actively partake in her creative process, sharing their interpretations and naming the piece they purchase. 

During this Art Talk, Suyao will speak about the significance of that connection while uncovering her painting techniques, inspiration, and the future direction of her work. We look forward to sharing this interactive experience with you! With limited availability, reserve your seat early by purchasing your pre-sale ticket early. 

Wednesday, August 10th //6:30 pm
A multifaceted conversation and a look into the mind of Artist Suyao Tian hosted at Gamut Gallery.
Moderated by Russ White of MPLSART, followed by open Q & A
• General admission: $10 day of the event/$7 pre-sale
• Members: $5
• Capacity limited to 30 seats

Suyao Tian began her studies in Music Education at Qinghai Normal University and Xiamen University in China. Following graduation, she began teaching Music Education as Assistant Professor at Guangdong Tianhe Technical Normal College in Guangzho, China. She later came to the US in 2011, where she began her studies in art and design. She started with her BA in Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas. Afterward, she completed her MFA in Design and Branding Identity from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2017. From her MFA studies, she developed and established her company Modern Cover™ where she designs and sells playful outerwear, which has been sold across the US.

While curating, painting, running Modern Cover™, and raising her son, she continues to be a strong and active member across organizations within the art and creative communities of the Twin Cities. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Art Buddies and is passionately engaged with multiple galleries and organizations across the state. Her works have also caught the eye of local and national companies, like Room & Board, with her designs being applied and sold across various product types.

Russ White is an artist, writer, and editor living in Minneapolis. After growing up in the Carolinas and Mississippi, White received a BA in Studio Art from Davidson College and has maintained a studio in the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis since 2014, where he works primarily in colored pencil and mixed media. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally (including a 2016 solo show at Gamut), is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants (2018 & 2020), and works as the editor of written content for MPLSART.COM.