2023 Featured Artist: Suyao Tian
Suyao Tian is an artist, and gallerist of Viewpoint Gallery residing in the twin cities, MN, USA, and adjunct faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She 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 Guangzhou, 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 CoverTM where she designs and sells playful outerwear which has been sold across the US.
Her paintings have been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, along with curating multiple group shows cross country. Her works have caught the eye of national and international companies, with her designs applied and sold across a range of product types, like Room & Board, BOND Dubai, and Merlette NYC and more.
In 2022 she opened Viewpoint gallery with her husband. While curating, painting, running the gallery and Modern CoverTM, 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 the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), and is passionately engaged with multiple galleries and organizations across state.