About Me

About Tara

There are places we know that are part of what we call Home. Sometimes these place are a When, sometimes a memory. We all have visited these Places; they surround our daily lives, daily environments & psyches. If I walked through such a place that is here and yet nowhere, I would find that, in the end, it is a Place that has been with me the entire time, and one that I will also never truly find:

Tara Cronin is an artist working in various mediums focusing on alternative photographic methods, works on paper, installation and book-arts. She has pursued an art career that has both helped her solve problems in her own internal space as well as in the space she finds herself situated externally. Tara received a BA in Writing from New School University, and an MFA in Photography from Bard College and the ICP-Bard Program, and has Twice-earned the ICP Director’s Fellowship Award.

During her graduate and post-graduate work, Tara explored this interface between the material and the individual by making photographically-based work involving images or prints combined with materials such as reconstituted hemoglobin and chlorophyllin as well as with dust and with liquid metals. She holds various co-patents with partner and scientist Ed Chen including one on a unique polymer made from those materials used in her artwork, which after scientific research demonstrated itself to be the first synthetic membrane able to remove CO2 directly from air and convert it into useful liquids. This resulted in a solo show in the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Mexico in 2012, and later an invitation to be a guest-speaker and exhibition participant at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC. Having exhibited throughout New York City, North America and Internationally, Tara's most recent exhibitions include participation in the MT. ROKKO PHOTO FESTIVAL in Kobe, Japan, and a 6-person exhibition with PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS at Foley Gallery in New York, NY.

Through working with the methods she does, Tara also works entrepreneurially and hopes to promote the idea of Science and Art as being symbiotic. Tara has worked on multiple startups with partner and scientist Ed Chen attempting to transform traditional skepticism of climate change through their technologies, while also promoting the relevance of Art and Science. Tara and Ed recently embarked on piloting their agricultural technology on the oldest certified Organic coffee farm in Kona Hawai'i in Summer 2015 and Tara is proud to be two years into her experience as a junior-master-roaster. You can find their farm and coffee at Rooster Farms. In Fall 2014 Tara released the books of three artists co-published with Schilt Publishing and with Magical Thinking Publications, an arts-publication and education organization she co-founded with business partner and artist Joshua Lutz.

Tara also hosted her co-founded project of the "Fred Talks - Ted Talks with Friends" for a number of years; a monthly lecture series amongst neighbors and peers that includes discussions on the arts, sciences, and any topic in between. She is happy and grateful to have joined the Board of Directors at SKEA, Society for Kona's Education & Art, in 2016 in Kona, HI.

Tara is nomadic, working primarily between New York City, New Jersey, and Hawaii in the United States.

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More about my past

  • Group Exhibitions Awards and Events

    2019

    CENTER SANTA FE "DIRECTOR's CHOICE AWARD - 2nd PLACE" | Juror: Monica Allende

    DAB ART | "STORIES" Curated by Yessica Torres

    DONKEY MILL ART CENTER | "REGENERATE! Contemporary Book Arts in Hawaii"

    THAD HIGA & SONTAG SHOGUN "it billows up" | Release of Multimedia Project at Printed Matter, Inc.

    2018

    DAB ART / H GALLERY "EMPIRE OF DIRT" | Curated by Yessica Torres

    DONKEY MILL ART CENTER | Portrait project exhibited in conjunction w/ the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

    KLOMPCHING GALLERY | Finalist for FRESH 2018

    ART ELEVATED "Public Banners Artwork Project”

    BARRETT ART CENTER "New Directions"

    BRYAN MAWR REHAB HOSPITAL "Art Ability"

    POLITICO POP, NEW ORLEANS, LA "Politico Pop Up3”

    BG GALLERY / GESTALT PROJECTS, SANTA MONICA, CA "Spectrum 5”

    GALLERY 114, PORTLAND, OR "Everything We Do is Music”

    MINNY LEE FINE ART, HONOLULU, HI "International Center of Photography & Minny Lee Fine Art - Bookmaking Masterclass”

    GALLERIE RENEE MARIE, BENICIA, CA "Art of the Book”

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR"

    KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA/KAMUELA, HI "Intersections: Considering Imbalance”

    2017

    HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL, HONOLULU, HI “HONOLULU PRINTMAKERS” Artist's Print & Book Fair

    CENTER FOR PHOTGRAPHIC ART, CARMEL, CA "INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION" Juried by Philip Brookman

    EAST HAWAI'I CULTURAL CENTER, HILO, HI "HAWAI'I CONTEMPORARY ARTS EXHIBIT," Invited Artist

    ITHACA COLLEGE, ITHACA, NY “AWAKE! READING ROOM,” Artist's Book Fair. With 10x10 Photobooks

    EAST HAWAI'I CULTURAL CENTER, HILO, HI "ISOLATION," Curated by Linda Connor

    PHOTOESPAÑA / PHE, MADRID, SPAIN "PHOTOESPANA Photo Festival"

    MAGNUM FOUNDATION, NEW YORK, NY “AWAKE! READING ROOM,” Artist's Book Fair. With 10x10 Photobooks

    BENAKI MUSEUM, ATHENS, GREECE "Athens Photo Festival 2015 PERMANENT ARCHIVE: Photobook Show"

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR"

    CARNEGIE MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA “AWAKE! READING ROOM,” Artist's Book Fair. With 10x10 Photobooks

    2016

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK, NY "ICP SPOTLIGHTS"

    CENTER, SANTA FE, NM "REVIEW SANTA FE"

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR"

    PHOTOVILLE, BROOKLYN, NY "THE FUTURE PERFECT"

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK, NY "THE FUTURE PERFECT"

    GALLERY TANTO TEMPO, KOBE, JAPAN "MT. ROKKO PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL"

    FOLEY GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY "PDN's THE CURATOR”

    FOTOFEST, HOUSTON, TX "FOTOFEST”

    2015

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    PHOTOALLIANCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA "OUR WORLD PORTFOLIO REVIEW”

    BENAKI MUSEUM, ATHENS, GREECE "THE PHOTOBOOK EXHIBITION"ATHENS PHOTOFESTIVAL

    THE SCI ART CENTER, NEW YORK, NY "THE NEW UNCONSCIOUS," | Curated by Danielle Kalamaras

    2014

    CENTER, SANTA FE, NM "REVIEW SANTA FE”

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    2013

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK, NY “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: NAVIGATING INTERACTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE,” | Curated by the Scrapped Team

    AAAS - AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, WASHINGTON, D.C. "THE ART OF SCIENCE POLICY,” | Curated by Olga Francois

    AHL FOUNDATION, NEW YORK, NY | Work Included in Annual Fundraiser Exhibition, Auction, and Gala

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    2012

    DUPONT CIRCLE GREEN WEEK, WASHINGTON, D.C | Work Included in Exhibition/Silent Auction

    SPACEWOMB GALLERY, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "REFLECTION”

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    NEXUS GALLERY SPACE, NEW YORK, NY "A VALUATION,” 7-Person Exhibition | Curated by Alexander Clark & Friends

    AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, LOS ANGELES, CA | Work Included with Pictura Gallery

    CAMERA CLUB OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NY. 2009 THROUGH 2012 “CCNY ZINE AND SELF-PUBLISHED PHOTO BOOK FAIR”

    2011

    AHL FOUNDATION, NEW YORK, NY Annual Fundraiser Exhibition, Auction, and Gala

    AHL FOUNDATION, BROOKLYN, NY “SIGNATURE TUNES," 3-Person Exhibition Curated Liz Kwon

    ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION, FRONT SPACE GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY “NATURE WITHIN,” | Group Exhibition Curated by Minny Lee

    FESTIVAL OF IDEAS NYC 2011, NEW YORK, NY 3-Person Open Studio

    MADISON AVENUE GALLERY WALK AT SOCIETY CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY “EMERGING LANDSCAPE,” | Curated by Anna di Stasi

    PICTURA GALLERY, BLOOMINGTON, IN 2-Person Exhibition | Curated by Mia Dalglish

    ESTUARY GALLERY, BEACON, NY “LOVE IS A RIVER,” | Curated by Marla Leigh Caplan

    AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, NEW YORK, NY | Work Included with Pictura Gallery

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    2010

    MOMA/PS1, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY "NY ART BOOK FAIR”

    25 CPW GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY “NATURE WITHIN,” | Curated by Minny Lee

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK, NY “EXQUISITE LANDSCAPE,” | Curated by Marla Leigh Caplan

    FIREPROOF, BROOKLYN, NY “COLLECTIVE SHOWING I” | Curated Film/Video Festival

    25 CPW, NEW YORK, NY “BLOOMSDAY,” | Curated by Lori Grinker

    ICP-BARD COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY MFA Group Thesis Exhibition | Curated by Joshua Lutz

    ICP-BARD COLLEGE, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY Open Studios Year 2

    2009

    ICP-BARD COLLEGE, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY Open Studios Year 1

    2008

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK, NY “REFLECT,” 1-Year Program Final Group Exhibition Curated by Robert Blake

    2007

    LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, WASHINGTON, D.C. Group Exhibition

  • Education

    MFA, BARD COLLEGE, ICP-BARD PROGRAM; NEW YORK, NY | Completed 2010

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, GENERAL STUDIES PROGRAM; NEW YORK, NY | Completed 2008

    BA, WRITING, NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY; NEW YORK, NY | Completed 2005

  • Solo Exhibitions

    2012

    MUSEO DE LA CIUDAD [MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF QUERÉTARO], QUERÉTARO, MEXICO "SANGRE DE ARBOL, SANGRE DE MI," | Solo Exhibition Curated by Azucena German

    2010

    ICP-BARD; LONG ISLAND CITY, NY “F l i g h t: From, To, and Within,” | Solo Thesis Exhibition.

  • Speaking/Writing Occasions

    2017

    LenScratch; Interviewee, Author and Project Editor for 'The States Project" Hawaii LenScratch; Interviewer, Author, for interview with artist Christa Blackwood

    2016

    SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, NEW YORK, NY Presentation with the NY Photo Salon

    2013

    "THE ART OF SCIENCE POLICY," AAAS [ American Association for the Advancement of Science ], Washington, D.C. - Article; Guest Speaker with Ed Chen for the 40th Anniversary of the S&T Policy Fellowship Program; Event in conjunction with Group Exhibition

    2011

    MADISON AVENUE GALLERY WALK 2011, NEW YORK, NY Gallery Talk in conjunction with "EMERGING LANDSCAPE" Exhibition

    2010

    ^ ICP-Bard Student Interview with Curtis Hamilton in conjunction with Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY ^

  • Features/Publications/Collections

    2019

    CENTER Santa Fe: 2nd Place Winner; Director's Choice Award

    DAB ART: STORIES; Online Exhibition

    BROOKLYN MUSEUM LIBRARY: Artist book "Reasons to Care"

    2018

    AIN'T BAD: FEATURE on "HARUSPICY"

    DAB ART: CLICK_BAIT

    SILVER NEEDLE PRESS: Interview + Cover Artwork

    DON'T TAKE PICTURES: "PHOTO OF THE DAY"

    MONO CHROMA: 2018 November/December Issue

    PETRICHOR: COVER ART FALL ISSUE

    AIN'T BAD: FEATURE on "ARCHETYPAL"

    NOT YOUR MOTHER's BREASTMILK: Feature on "White Walls Which Cannot Speak"

    CENTER: Feature with "Conjured Futures" on project "T For Transition"

    PUNCH PROJECTS: Barnstorm 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SHOW; Silver Prize Winner w/ Bokeh Bokeh

    CARTE BLANCHE: Feature of Collaboration with Ed Chen's Historical Translations of "The Book of the Dead" Hieroglyphics

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION: HONORABLE MENTION

    TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS: BRONZE WINNER

    THE ESTHETIC APOSTLE, JUNE 2018 ISSUE: Works from "Archetypal"

    PETRICHOR TEXT + IMAGE JOURNAL: Feature of Collaboration with Ed Chen's Historical Translations of "The Book of the Dead" Hieroglyphics

    SILVER NEEDLE PRESS, FALL 2018 ISSUE: Works from "Archetypal" + Interview Feature

    2016

    PHOTOVILLE: "THE FUTURE PERFECT"

    LENSCRATCH: REVIEW of "THE FUTURE PERFECT"

    INFO SITE: "THE FUTURE PERFECT"

    PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS "THE CURATOR" EXHIBITION

    2015

    ATHENS PHOTOFESTIVAL 2015 "THE PHOTOBOOK EXHIBITION"

    SCI ART CENTER "THE NEW UNCONSCIOUS"

    2013

    AAAS ARTICLE; GUEST SPEAKER & EXHIBITION PARTICIPANT in WASHINGTON, D.C.

    LANCIA TREND VISIONS

    INSPIREFIRST

    2012

    "SANGRE DE ARBOL, SAGRE DE MI" / "BLOOD OF TREE, BLOOD OF ME," QUERETARO, MEXICO

    "BLOOD OF TREE, BLOOD OF ME" - Translated > English by Google

    "BLOOD OF TREE, BLOOD OF ME" - INSTALLATION SHOTS

    CSR WIRE; SCIENCE & ART MELD

    "THE SUM AND ITS PARTS" on JOHN ROSEWALL

    "A VALUATION" on PROPER PHILADELPHIA

    2011

    "SIGNATURE TUNES" on BONG KIM

    "NATURE WITHIN" on LUV FOR EVERYONE

    2010

    ICP-Bard INTERVIEW w/ CURTIS HAMILTON

    REBECCA HORNE PHOTOGRAPHY

    DISCOVER MAGAZINE

    PATINDICA

    GIZMODO

    VISUAL SCIENCE

    KULTUROLOGIA

    MONSTERS & MADONNAS