Artist Statement

My upbringing in Northern Minnesota instilled an appreciation of botany and a keen observation of patterns in the natural environment. Reflecting on my experiences in the Midwest, South America, and Europe, I seek to communicate a form of natural beauty.

I incorporate techniques from scenic painting and faux finishing, the folk art of Norwegian rosemaling, and reverse painting on glass. Observing these customary processes became a way for me to develop a personal aesthetic based on the necessity of good craftsmanship. Their established authority of geometry, harmony, and beauty speaks vibrantly.

BIO

Tara Austin

Born in Grand Marais, MN.

Lives in Madison, WI.

 

EDUCATION

MFA in Painting/Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2017  

BA, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2012

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Mirror Lake, Kohler Art Library, University of WIsconsin-Madison – Madison, WI

Dusty Turquoise Waters – Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery – Madison, WI

2016 Windigo Piperita – Department of Art History Curatorial Lab – Madison, WI

Vicious Or•ka•id – Master of Arts Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery – Madison, WI

2014 Multifacetology Zeitgeist Arts, Duluth, MN

2012 Ornamental Allure – The College of St. Scholastica- Duluth, MN  

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Winnowers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI  

Cephalopod Interface, I Love You More, Cretaquarium, Crete, Greece

2016

Municipal, Municipal Building, Madison, WI

Arrowhead Biennial – Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

Diverse Nature: Gender & the Botanic – Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

Wallflowers – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, WI

88th Annual Student Art Show – Gallery 1308, Madison, WI

2015

Madison 8– Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, WI

MFA Candidates – Capitol Lakes – Madison, WI

Holiday Art Underground – Betsey Bowen Studio – Grand Marais, MN

Separate Checks – Art Lofts – Madison, WI

2014

Found Out – Art Lofts – Madison, WI  

2013

Papyiri Prove Gallery- Duluth, MN

Water Works – Duluth Art Institute- Duluth, MN

COLLECTIONS

Wisconsin Union Art Collection – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  

 

ARTIST LECTURES

2016             Gallery Night Artist Talk, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

Capitol Lakes Artist Talk, Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Madison, WI

2015             Madison 8 Artist Talk, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI

 

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2017            Vilas Research International Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2017 & 2014            ED-GRS Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2017            Chazen Museum Prize Honorable Mention, Curator Brooke Davis Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2017            Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2012            McNair Scholar, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

 

EXPERIENCE

2016  Scenic Charge Artist, Department of Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scenic Designer, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Department of Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2015 -2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistantship, Scenic Painting, Department of Theatre and Drama

2015 -2016   University of Wisconsin-Madison Project Assistantship, Professor T.L. Solien, Department of Art

2015   Visiting Instructor in Aesthetics and Business MHR 365 Course University of Wisconsin, Madison