Tom Parish was born in 1933 in Hibbing, Minnesota.  
He has been drawing and painting since he was in grade school in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he was always called “best artist”.
Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, where he received a B.F.A. degree in 1957; and at the University of North Dakota , Grand Forks, where he received  a M.A. degree in 1960.
Was the recipient of a Cresson Traveling Scholarship to Europe in 1956 and 1964
He has taught at Joliet Junior College, Illinois (1960-1964); Saint Louis County College, St. Louis (1966-67).
Since then he was professor of painting at Wayne State University, Detroit.
He is now a Professor Emeritus .His home studio is in Detroit, Michigan. 



College of William and Mary Williamsburg, Va.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Penn.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.



2014, Tom Parish Venezia, Chiostro della Chiesa della Modonna dell’OrtoVenice, Italy, Exhibition Cataloga

2012, Tom Parish –  Canti Silenziosi Di Venezia/Silent Songs of Venice, Museo Diocesana di Venezia, Venice Italy, Exhibition Catalog

2010, Tom Parish in Venice – Solo at Gruen Galleries, Chicago Illinois, Exhibition Catalog

2009, Tom Parish: Grande Finsestre/Large Windows – Solo show at Scoletta Dell’Arte, Dei Battioro e Tiraoro, Venice Italy, Exhibition Catalog

1993, Tom Parish of Zarna – solo show Wayne State University, Exhibition Catalog

1988, Tom Parish Paintings – Solo Show at Detroit Institute of Art, Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition and Awards: 

1956, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Cresson European Traveling Scholarship

1965, Chicago Art Institute, Logan Prize

1993, Awards in the Visual Arts S. E. C. C. A. , one of 10 national regional awards

1993, Tom Parish in Zarna, Richard A. Florsheim Art Funds (catalogue funding)

1988, Detroit Institute of Arts, OMAP Award

1986, Arts Foundation of Michigan, Annual awards — the visual artist

1986, Michigan Concerned Citizens for the Arts annual publication

1970, Oxbow Academy, Saugatuck, Mi., Visiting Artist Grant

1966, Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Purchase Prize

1961, North Dakota Annual University of North Dakota, Purchase Prize

1963, Boston Museum of Art, Boston Printmakers

1964-65, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago and Vicinity Annual

1964-65, Butler Institute of America Art OH,

1977, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Bi-Annual

1957, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Annual Fellowship Exhibition

1967, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Mi, American Painting since the Armory Show

1968, Allan County Museum, OH,American Painting

1969, Krannert Museum University of Illinois, American Painting and Sculpture

1975, Kresge Museum, Michigan State Un., Lansing, Mi., Invention and Innovation

1987, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Art, Michigan Painters

1988, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Mi., Tom Parish Paintings, Solo

1992, Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit Mi., Tom Parish of Zarna, Solo

1954-5-6, Philadelphia Print Club, Gallery Shows

1957, Philadelphia Art Alliance

1962, Lewis College, Joliet,Il., American Prints

1973, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, New Images

1974, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, Solo, Tom Parish Recent Paintings.

1976, Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, Salute to “76”

1975,1984,2002 Wayne State University, Det., Mi., Tom Parish – Solo

1972, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ont.,Canada,Tom Parish – Solo

1963,66,71,81 Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Ill., Solo Show

1985, 55 Mercer Gallery, NY, Solo Show

1977, 1986, 2009, Detroit Artists Market, Solo Show

1979, Lee Hoffman Gallery, Birmingham, Mi., Group Exhibition

1986, Illinois Center Building, Chicago Ill., Inaugural Exhibition, Solo

1987, Canter-Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, Mi. Gallery Group

1987, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, Mi., From A-Z

1988, Sheldon Ross Gallery, Birmingham, Mi., Solo Show

1989, Roger Ramsey Inc., Chicago, Ill., Gallery Group

1989, Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint, Mi., Environmental Figures

1991, Gilman Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Ill. Solo Show

1999, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, Ill., Solo Show

1999, Marygrove College, Detroit, Mi., Group Show

1983, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, Mi., # at 1010 Beaubian

1980, Willis Gallery, Detroit, Mi, Tom & Shirley Parish

1980, Detroit Artists Market, Something to Remember Us By

2001, Delta College, Saginaw, Mi., Solo

2004, Scarab Club, Det. Mi 100 works from the Wayne State University Collection of Art

2005, Salander O’Rielly Gallery, NY, Save Venice

2009, Schola del’Arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro,”Grande Finestre/Large Windows”,Tom Parish, Venice Italy

2010 Tom Parish in Venice, Gruen Galleries

2011, Biennale Internationale Firenze, Florence Italy

2012, Museo Diocesano di Venezia San’Apollonia, Tom Parish Canti Silenziosi Di Venezia/Silent Songs Of Venice, Italy

2014, Venezia-Tom Parish, Madonna del Orto – Venice Italy

2014, Tom Parish Venezia, Rober Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Mi.