Dean Adrian Tió - Biography

Dean Adrian Tió in Studio


The artist was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to parents who had emigrated from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. Tió received his fine arts training from Temple University (B.A. 1974), the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy (Post-Baccalaureate Study 1975-76) and the University of Cincinnati (M.F.A. 1979). The artist has exhibited nationally as well as regionally in drawing, painting, and printmaking for over 30 years, and has conducted workshops on mural painting, papermaking and the book arts. Tió has received recognition for his work through exhibition awards and creative research grants from Arts Midwest/NEA, Indiana Arts Commission, Ohio Arts Council, New Forms Regional Grant Program, and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.

Artwork by Tió resides in a number of private and public collections, including: Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico; The Rockefeller Foundation, New York; The White House, Washington, DC; Bradley University, Peoria, IL; University of Cincinnati, OH; Denver Public Library, CO; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY; The Elvehejm Museum, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Villa Taverna Foundation, Washington, DC; Fort Hays State University, KS; Mexican Consulate Office, Chicago, IL; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC; Ohio Arts Council and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Tió has been a long-time member of professional organizations such as the College Art Association, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the National Council of Arts Administrators, and The Typophiles.

Residing in downtown New Bedford, MA, Tió maintains Hare of the Dog Press and Studio at the north end Hatch Street Studios, and is represented locally by NAVIO Artist’s Collaborative and the Judith Klein Gallery.

Currently residing in New Bedford, MA, Tio serves as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.