April 24, 2007

William Tye

William Tye is a sculptor with over thirty-five years of experience in making bronze sculpture.  Tye holds advanced degrees in sculpture from both Wayne State University, MA, 1967 and Western Michigan University, MFA, 1977.

Tye has retired after 20 years from the Alchemist-Tye Studio, Inc., a bronze sculpture casting foundry located in Kalamazoo, MI.
Tye's exhibition background includes over forty juried competitions: national, regional and local in scope since 1965. 

His sculpture won an award in the All State Competition in Battle Creek, MI and his first public commission "Cyclists" is on display in Battle Creek.

Exhibitions of note:  Art "Round Town, Saugatuck, MI, 2001-2006. Krasl Sculpture Invitational and All Michigan 1998, and Regional 2000, St. Joseph, MI., the Michigan Consortium for the Arts, Southfield, MI.  and a one man exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Tye continues to exhibit at the Park Gallery-Tye Studio, Kalamazoo, MI, the Water Street Gallery in Saugatuck, MI, and the TRA Gallery in Troy, MI, The Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix, MI.  Tye has won the Art "round Town People's Choice Award twice for three life sized figures "Steps of the Dance" and "Cyclists."

Tye completed two life size portraits of Walter P. Reuther in 1998, for the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI., and the UAW Retreat, Black Lake, MI.
Tye's sculpture is in the collections of: Art "Round Town, Saugatuck., MI., Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI., the University of South Carolina, Columbia,   SC., the Sturgis Council for the ARts and numberous private collections.

Tye is listed in Who's Who in American Art, 17th edition.