Carol Pylant (b. 1953) is known as a realist painter who frequently depicts figures and landscapes. Her BFA and MFA were earned at Wayne State University, and she soon became an instructor in art there. Pylant went on to teach at Brookline Arts Center, DeCordova Museum and School, and Simmons College in Massachusetts before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is now a Professor Emerita. She has received an abundance of awards for her art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other institutions, and her work has been featured in exhibitions and collections in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and in other worldwide institutions.