Artist Tiera Joy Floyd Exhibiting At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 08 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – West Virginia artist and designer Tiera Joy Floyd will be exhibiting a collection of her works in Concord University’s Arthur Butcher Gallery Jan. 11 through Feb. 5.

An artist reception will be held in the gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, on Feb. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Floyd will present a lecture about her work at this time. The event is open to the general public at no charge.

The reception was previously scheduled for Jan. 21 but was rescheduled due to impending weather.

“I come from a creative family,” Floyd says in her artist statement, noting that her family members are carpenters, wood-workers, quilters and builders.

“Creativity is in my heritage – it’s ‘engrained,’” she says.

Wood grain appears as an ongoing theme in her work, she says, and inspires her oil paintings. Her art also features “a specific focus on painting hands.”

“To emphasize a breakdown of one’s history and heritage, I sand away painted detail and layers to reveal the very base layer of the painting – the exposed wood. By allowing the wood grain to break through the painting – interweaving and flowing with the painted surface – previously ignored aspects of the painting are discovered,” she explains. “Capturing details through brush strokes and layered paint explores traditional realism techniques, while the wood grain enlivens a sense of abstraction within each painting.”

“Capturing the hands of my family and friends in oil paint on wood panel stresses the signification of our heritage,” she says. “Hands serve as the tools we use to convey our creativity, and the wood grain further expresses character through the lines created by an aged tree, similar to the wrinkles and fine lines that define each subject’s origins.”

Floyd earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from West Virginia Wesleyan College. After discovering her “hidden talent” of painting, she has been pursuing fine art. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in painting from West Virginia University.

Among the honors she has received for her paintings are the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2015 “Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition” at Tamarack; top awards at the 2013 West Virginia Juried Exhibition; and a merit award from the West Virginia Juried Exhibition in 2011. She has also had work published in “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design.”

She is an alum of the Vermont Studio Center and a juried artist for Tamarack.

To learn more about Tiera Joy Floyd visit her website at:

For additional information on the upcoming exhibit at Concord University, including gallery hours, contact Jamey Biggs at or 304-384-5351.



“Rosie” by Tiera Joy Floyd




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