TL Solien couples literary allusions with mysterious iconography, delivering a deconstructive yet cohesive, deeply personal statement. Using imagery extracted from the deepest recesses of his memory as well as the pages of 19th-century classics including Melville’s Moby Dick, the artist creates narratives that somehow mirror or overlap, metaphorically, with personal experience and autobiography.


Moorhead State University, MN, B.A., 1973
University of Nebraska, M.F.A., 1977

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Research Fellowship, 2011 - 2012
Faculty Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997 - 2009
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in Painting, 2008
Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, 2005
CitiArts Grant, Madison, WI, 2001
Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995
McKnight "Mid-Career" Artist Fellowship, MN, 1994
Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship, MN, 1990, 1981
McKnight Fellowship, MN, 1986
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Studio and Exhibition Program, Paris, 1982
Jerome Foundation Fellowship, MN, 1981

One Person Exhibitions

Fargo, ND; The Plains Art Museum, (travelled)
2010, 07
Minneapolis, MN; Bockley Gallery
2009, 06, 04
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
Madison, WI; The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
2008, 02
Milwaukee, WI; Tory Folliard Gallery
Memphis, TN; Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College
St. Louis, MO; Washington University
Bowling Green, OH; Bowling Green University Museum of Art
Waukesha, WI; Wilson Center for the Arts
Madison, WI; Elvehjem Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Philadelphia, PA; Esther Klein Gallery
Philadelphia, PA; The Print Center
Madison, WI; Wendy Cooper Gallery
Madison, WI; The Wisconsin Academy
Chicago, IL; Fassbender Gallery
Evanston, IL; Evanston Art Center
Bozeman MT; Montana State University
Minneapolis, MN; Wienstien Gallery
1994, 93, 91, 88, 86
Minneapolis, MN; John C. Stoller & Co.
New York, NY; Michael Walls Gallery
Des Moines, IA; Des Moines Art Center
Birmingham, MI; Lemberg Gallery
Moorhead, MN; Plains Art Museum
New York, NY; Barbara Toll Fine Arts
1987, 83
Chicago, IL; Van Straaten Gallery
1986, 84
Birmingham, MI; Cantor/Lemberg Gallery
Boston, MA; Thomas Segal Gallery
1985, 84, 83
New York, NY; Getler/Pall Gallery
Paris, France; American Center
1981, 80, 79
Minneapolis, MN; Glen Hanson Gallery
Fort Worth, TX; Fort Worth Museum
Minneapolis, MN; Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Selected Group Exhibitions since 2000

The Metro Show Luise Ross Gallery booth, New York, NY
Rockford, IL, Rockford Art Museum; TL Solien, Fred Stonehouse, John Wilde
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; Pretty, Strange
Milwaukee, WI, Tory Folliard Gallery; Summer in Wisconsin
Winston-Salem, NC, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University; Selections from Luise Ross Gallery
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; Rare Birds
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; Fun!
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; New Location
Milwaukee, WI, Tory Folliard Gallery; Collector's Series #1
Milwaukee, WI, Tory Folliard Gallery; Tooth and Nail
Portland, ME, ICA-Maine College of Art; Human Touch
Chicago, IL, Wendy Cooper Gallery; Darling Projects
Chicago, IL, Chicago International Art Exposition
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; Welcome
Camberwell College of Art, The London Institute; University of West England, Bristol; University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Montana State University, Bozeman; Portrait: Investigation of Self
Milwaukee, WI, Tory Folliard Gallery; Strange Presences
Dallas, TX, Barry Whistler Gallery; Drawn
Jackson,MS, The Mississippi Museum of Art
Little Rock, AR, The Arkansas Arts Center; Collector's Exhibition
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Great Plains Gallery; Nebraska Printmakers
Madison, WI, Wisconsin Academy of Art; Decades
Madison, WI, Commonwealth Center; Overlay
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Gallery Group
Minneapolis, MN, Weisman Art Museum
US/Great Britian Print Exhibition (organized by Montana State University)
Chicago, IL, Chicago International Art Exposition at Navy Pier
Eau Claire, WI; University of Wisconsin, Foster Gallery, Abstraction and Figurative Narrative: Recent Paintings and Drawings by Jil Evans and T.L. Solien
Memphis, TN, Delta/Axis Marshall Arts Gallery; Cartoons, Dolls and Childrens Stories
Chicago, IL, Leo Burnett; Fine Art/Pop Culture
Chicago, IL, curated by Natalie Van Straaten; 111 E. Wacker
St. Paul, MN, College of Visual Arts; Likeness
Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska; Decades
Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska; 5 Nebraskans
Cedar Falls, IA; University of Northern Iowa Museum of Art; Buish/Solien/Whaley
Winona, MN; Winona State University, Big Bang
Chicago, IL; Chicago International Art Exhibition at Navy Pier
Fargo, ND, Plains Art Museum; New Acquisitions
Chicago, IL, Fassbender Gallery; Gallery Artists

Recent Literature

Grabner, Michelle “T.L.Solien at MMOCA” Artforum online, Aug 2008
Reviewed May 2007 by Leigh Anne Miller in Art In America

Public Collections
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
National Museum of American Art, Washington DC
The Smithsonian, Washington DC
Tate Gallery, London, England
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Singapore Art Museum
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Plains Art Museum, Moorhead, MN
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Rutgers University, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
North Dakota Museum of Art, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Sheldon Memorial Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
American Express Company, New York, NY
Bank America Collection, CA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
First Bank of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
General Mills Company, Minneapolis, MN
Prudential Insurance Company, Minneapolis, MN
The Rivendell Collection, New York, NY
Tyler Graphics Collection, Mt. Kiscoe, NY
Frederick Weismann Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
The Edward Downe Collection, New York, NY
The Joshua P. Smith Collection