Artist Statement

My upbringing in Minnesota with an awareness of traditional arts has guided me to experiment with vernacular and folk approaches to the creative process, including embroidery, sewing, beadwork, ceramic painting, calligraphy, mosaic, and textile dying and printing. Observing these customary processes became a way for me to develop a personal aesthetic based on traditions of decorative beauty, pattern, and craftsmanship.

I have become especially drawn to the traditional Norwegian folk painting of rosemaling. Norwegian immigrants to the American Midwest brought rosemaling ornamentation on the domestic objects of their homeland. I am intrigued by how the process of applying decorative patterns delineates and elevates these simple objects.

With its vocabulary of flowers, scrolls, and geometric patterning, rosemaling pairs well with my interest in botany and the form and symbolism of plant life. I am continuously fascinated by the complexity and beauty to be found in nature’s patterns. Through a systematic analysis and application of these patterns in my paintings, I want to communicate that experience to my audience.

BIO

Tara Austin

Born in Grand Marais, MN.

Lives in Madison, WI.

 

EDUCATION

MFA in Painting/Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, August 2016-May 2017  

MA in Painting/Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, August 2014-May 2016  

BA in Art, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, August 2009-May 2012

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 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   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