Timothy Paul Brown majored in illustration at the University of the Arts and received the Martel Vertes Figure Drawing Award his senior year. Brown returned to graduate school in 2000 at the University of the Arts where he majored in museum studies with an emphasis in museum education. After graduate school, Brown held a temporary position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). He was awarded the Romare Bearden Fellowship at the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2002. The Fellowship paved the way for positions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Columbus Museum, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, where Brown is currently curator
Brown's writing has been featured in numerous publications including the Saint Louis American (a series of articles on Ellen Gallagher), Third Text, Left Curve, and Afterimage.