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.

Tara's website


2018 Radio interview


MFA in Painting/Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2017
BA, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2012



2019 Boreal Ornament II, Johnson Heritage Post Gallery - Grand Marais, MN

2018 Boreal Ornament, Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute – Duluth, MN

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 




Winnowers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI  
Cephalopod Interface, I Love You More, Cretaquarium, Crete, Greece


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


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


Found Out – Art Lofts – Madison, WI  


Papyiri– Prove Gallery- Duluth, MN
Water Works – Duluth Art Institute- Duluth, MN


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



2018             Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

2017             Kohler Arts Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

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



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

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



2017            Chazen Museum Prize Honorable Mention, Curator Brooke Davis Anderson,
                            Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
                    Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


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