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In my paintings I contemplate an unspoken dialect. Rooted in beauty and being I want to hear them sing.

“Having acknowledged an appreciation of botany and natural pattern, Austin incorporates techniques from scenic painting and faux finishing, the folk art of Norwegian rosemaling, and reverse painting on glass. Building upon these heritage-rich processes early on became a way for her to develop a personal aesthetic based upon the necessity of good craftsmanship. Within these traditions, she’s learned to honor the authority of geometry, harmony, and natural beauty, using these traditions to create something new. ”

Nick Griffith, for Joseph Nease Gallery

Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth, MN

Fox 21 News Duluth, MN

MPR Art Hounds: Ann Klefstad

KUMD Radio Gallery


Elements of Craft WTIP Radio-Rosemaling


Born in Grand Marais, MN.

Lives in Duluth, MN.


Rosemaling Apprentice to Master Artist Andrea Herkert, Funded by the Wisconsin State Art Board, 2018

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

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


2020 Boreal Ornament III, Joseph Nease Gallery – Duluth, MN

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

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

2017 Mirror LakeKohler 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


2017 WinnowersTory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

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


MunicipalMunicipal 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 


2020 Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, MN

2019 Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais, MN

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


2020 American Scandinavian Foundation Artist Fellowship, Scandinavian Folk Arts & Cultural Traditions, New York, NY

2019 Artist Access Grant, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Duluth, MN

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

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


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


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

Scenic DesignerThe 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

Tara Austin is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and cultural heritage fund.
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