Born in New York City, Stephen J. Tyson, graduated from the High School of Music and Art, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, earned his BFA from Manhattanville College, and his MFA from the City College of New York.
Between two Fulbright awards to study in three African countries, he was tenured as an associate professor of art with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He has been a fine arts faculty member at SUNY-Albany, Schenectady Community College, and Union College. He has also served as a curator, lecturer, arts consultant, panelist, moderator, and gallery assistant. As a professional visual artist, Stephen Tyson's works have been seen at venues such as the New York State Museum, the Schenectady Museum, and the National Black Fine Arts exhibition in New York City. His work is part of the collection of New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Schenectady Museum, and Hudson Valley Community College.
Mr. Tyson creates abstract works on canvas and paper, and recently returned to three-dimensional mixed-media. Music, especially Jazz, informs his art, providing an influential source of inspiration.