Karen Guyton was born and educated in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was married and had three children. After her divorce, she relocated to Detroit, Michigan. There she met and wed Tyree Guyton in 1986. In the fall of that year they started The Heidelberg Project. The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art exhibit on the lower east side of Detroit.
Karen Guyton has stepped out from the shadow of her former husband to tell her story. “In the Shadow of an Artist: The Heidelberg Project” is Guyton’s account of how she and then husband, Tyree, started a neighborhood art development. Guyton tells of the mental and physical contributions she made to the Detroit project which has become internationally known.