Wade C. Guyton (’95)

Category: Alumni Professional Achievement | Awards

2016 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner

Wade Guyton grew up in Lake City, Tennessee, where both his father and stepfather pursued the craft of steelwork. As a child, he had little passion for art, content to have his stepfather complete his drawing homework for him. At UT, that attitude transformed.

Guyton became fascinated by art theory and entered the College Scholars program in UT’s College of Arts and Sciences, which allowed him to spend his last two years of school focused on studying painting. After completing his bachelor’s degree in 1995, he moved to New York, took part in Hunter College’s Master of Fine Arts program, and opened up his own studio.

Guyton, whose work has been exhibited around the world, is an abstract artist who uses computers, scanners, and printers to make paintings. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva.