Barbara Tyroler lends artwork to School for atrium display

September 21, 2012

Have you passed through the School’s Armfield Atrium recently and felt that someone was watching you from above?

If so, you’re not paranoid – someone’s really watching. The mysterious eyes peering from their second-floor vantage point belong to a child in Beijing, photographed by artist Barbara Tyroler.

The artwork is included in Tyroler’s series “Beijing Impressions: Portraits of a Shifting Landscape,” some of which can be seen at
The Beijing series, which includes 23 large works, was inspired by the personal memoirs of Chinese writer Lin Bai (born 1958), as translated by the artist’s daughter, Samm Tyroler-Cooper.Presented in large, blended photographs, the figurative landscapes reflect a people and city in cultural transformation, synthesizing the ancient with the contemporary, the literal with the metaphoric. The full exhibit has appeared in Washington, D.C., and in the Triangle (N.C.) area.

Much of Tyroler’s work includes abstracted figurative portraiture and focuses on family, relationships and identity issues.

The artist is the daughter of the late Dr. Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler (1924-2007), who was professor emeritus of epidemiology at UNC’s public health school.

“On behalf of the Tyroler family, I am so pleased to be a part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health community through contributing the banner from my “Beijing Impressions” project,” the artist said. “Through his work in international as well as community health research, Dr. Herman A. Tyroler instilled in us an appreciation for the value of education, research and scholarship.”
The photograph will be on display in the School’s atrium through the fall semester.


UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Linda Kastleman, communications editor, (919) 966-8317 or