Karla received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from Western Michigan University and has done post degree work at Wayne State University and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Karla has been a faculty member of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Karla has been a guest lecturer at Western Michigan University regarding "Women In The Arts" and has conducted a Patina Workshop for the Sculpture Department.
Karla has been included in the Michigan Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition sponsored by the Business Consortium for the Arts, Southfield, Ml ., the All State Competition in Battle Creek, Ml., and the Krasl Biannual Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Ml. Karla was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Bronze Casting Company, a touring group which exhibited in and around Ml for several years.
For over 20 years Karla and her husband William Tye owned and operated the Alchemist -Tye Studio Inc. The Alchemist is a fine art foundry located in Kalamazoo Ml, which specializes in mold making and casting using the lost wax method. During this time, the Tye's cast their own work and that of many professional artists including: Kirk Newman, Stephen Hansen, Carole Harrison, Frank Gallo and Virginio Ferrari.
Karla’s work is included in public collections of: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Western Michigan University, The Saugatuck-Douglas “art round town”, Sturgis Ml. Arts Council and the Douglas Community Center.
In 2003 Karla was honored by the School of Art at Western Michigan University for distinguished actions and accomplishments in the Visual Arts.
Birds are an important mythological symbol that has persisted since ancient times to the present day. Because of their wings birds are not bound to the earth but are free to explore the heavens. Freedom to fly is the reason why birds have been chosen to represent our spiritual self, our soul, that part of ourselves that knows no boundaries and is a part of something larger, which allows us to dream, to create and explore the mysteries.