Troy Brown to serve as artist-in-residence Feb. 25 through March 1

Troy Brown to serve as artist-in-residence Feb. 25 through March 1

Feb. 14, 2019

Troy Brown, children’s book author and illustrator, will serve as the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts’ artist-in-residence Feb. 25 through March 1.

His illustrations will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery and William “Ed” Harmon Gallery through March 1.

Brown will give a professional artist talk on Mon., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. A reception for his exhibit will follow the lecture in the gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

While on campus, Brown will host workshops with Maryville College art and design students. Brown also created a special edition print in honor of Maryville College’s Bicentennial. A limited number of prints are available for purchase at the Clayton Center Box Office and on Brown's website.

Brown is a professor of art at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. and has served as a graphic designer and art director before focusing on children’s illustration and institutional illustration. His work focuses on “the emotive qualities in our lives.” Examples of his work can be found at

“Troy Brown has always had dreams of creating children’s books since that faithful fourth grade year at Glendale Elementary School, when he entered the Young Authors Competition,” his bio states. “The whole class had to make a book for the competition. His book, Doopy the Turtle, won second place in his grade category for the entire state. He still has that book in his studio today to remind him of his dreams. Troy develops his books with his wife, Sherie, and has his two sons, Quentin and Xavier, who sign off on all projects when they are not busy with play dates.​”

His children’s books include Lois & the Red Balloon, Xavier’s Book of Sometimes, Feathers, and Them Bullies. The books can be purchased through his website,

“My goal is stories that help children be aware of their emotional strengths by presenting stories with themes of personal challenge, adversity and determination,” said Brown. “Our books are designed to give youngest readers the opportunity to develop dialogue with their parents and help fully accomplished readers self-evaluate when faced with similar choices.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.