Troy Leon Parker, Technofolk Artist

Artist, Troy Parker, was born in 1967 with Cerebral Palsy. After graduating from John Tyler High School, Tyler, Texas, through the special education program, Troy completed a series of computer graphics courses at Tyler Junior College. During the process, he completed an art project entitled “Two By Two” for a class project. In response to the encouragement of his instructor and classmates, Troy submitted the project for competition and “Two By Two” was selected for publication in Tyler Junior College’s Spring-96 publication of the TJC “Touchstone”. That same spring, upon obtaining the necessary grade point average, Troy was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the National Junior College Honor Society.

In 1990, Troy began his own business, TP’s HANDI-PEOPLE, in which he began designing and producing advertising buttons, “fun” buttons, note cards and related products. In 1997, Troy began to more earnestly create pieces of digital art similar to “Two By Two.” Some of his first additional pieces were “Cross My Heart”, “Fiery Furnace”, and “Kingdom Kids.” His artwork from these pieces has been used to develop a line of greeting cards.

In July of 1998, Troy first displayed his artwork to the public at the 98 Abilities Expo which was held in Chicago, Illinois. As a result of encouragement received by observers and the sale of several pieces, Troy became determined to apply his gift and to continue to create additional artistic pieces.

Outside of his work, Troy also spends each Monday afternoon as a volunteer at Grace Community Church in Tyler, TX. Additionally, Troy serves on the Board of Directors for the Camp Tyler Foundation which oversees Camp Tyler. He has worked as a volunteer with Camp Tyler’s Head Start Program.

The following list represents some of the highlights of Troy’s career beginning with his first public show.

“Breaking the Rules” Feature Article, Communique, Grace Community Church publication — Tyler, TX
“Featured Artist: Troy Parker” Feature Article, Imagine Art — Austin, TX
“The Art of Giving Thanks” Feature Article, Tyler Morning Telegraph — Tyler, TX
“Proud of East Texas” Feature Newscast, KLTV-Channel 7 — Tyler, TX
Featured Artist Institute of Technology, University of Texas — Austin, TX
Artist on Display 98 Abilities Expo — Chicago, IL
Artist on Display Biblical Arts Center — Dallas, TX
Artist on Display The Emerging Artist Within, Dougherty Arts Center — Austin, TX
Artist on Display Tyler Museum of Art — Tyler, TX
Juried art show
Eagle River, WI

  • “Best New Artist”, 2002
  • “Award of Excellence”, 2003
  • “Award of Excellence”, 2004
Juried art show
Greenbay, WI
Art Affair on Kemp Square
Juried art show
Witchita Falls, TX

  • Honorable Mention, 2006
  • 1st Place in Division, 2007
Art In The Park
Juried art show
Kearney, NE
Art On The Rocks
Juried art show
Marquette, MI

  • Invited Artist
  • “Excellence in Media” Award, 2001
  • “Best of Division”, 2004
Azalea Arts & Crafts Fair
Juried art show
1st Place in Art and Mixed Media, 2009 –Tyler, TX
Portside Arts Fair
Juried art show
Honorable Mention, 2007 — Saginaw, MI
Three Rivers Art Festival
Juried art show
Pittsburgh, PA
Three Rivers Art Festival
Juried art show
“Award of Distinction”, 2003 — Fort Wayne, IN
Three Rivers Art Festival
Juried art show
“Patron Award”, 2003 — Covington, LA
Tyler Rose Festival
Juried art show
1st Place in Art and Mixed Media, 2006 — Tyler, TX