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Tara Kopp
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus


ARTIST STATEMENT: I paint miniature objects from still-lifes and my imagination. They are specific enough to depict what they represent, yet ambiguous enough to portray a universality of existence. The objects I depict in my paintings evoke idealized versions of various social institutions. The miniatures come with a set of social rules and regulations. They represent the way things are supposed to be; they model the American dream. This dream contrasts with the literal reality of the mundane tasks and emotions embodied by the subjects of my work. I am interested in how the miniature objects are created to mimic our lives. The paintings become glimpses of a scene or fragments of a narrative. Similar to a memory, they are fictional constructions of specific moments.

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2009 Master of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2016 "Tara Kopp: Model Lives" Art 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 "Tara Kopp: With Amazing Scenes Like These" Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY

2016 "Painting and Seeing" UNCW Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC.
2016 "Open (C)ALL: Up for Debate" BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 "Best of Santa Fe" Habitat Gallery, Denver, CO.
2015 "Art from the Heart" Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Courtney Jordan.
2015 "Really Affordable Art Show" Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Gallery,
Brooklyn, NY. Juried by Carolyn Ramo, Executive Director of Artadia.
2015 "New Directions '15" Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Juried by Janet Bishop, Curator at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
2015 "Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflection on Contemporary Domestic Life"
Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY.
2015 "Northern National Art Competition" Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI.
2015 "Strange Paradise" First Street Gallery, New York, NY.
2015 "Art by America: A Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art" The Art House,
Chicago, Il. Juried by James Yood, Art Educator with the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, Critic with Artforum and Ginny Voedisch, Art Historian/ Lecturer, the Art
Institute Museum of Chicago.
2015 "Art and Soul | Soul Struck" SPACE Gallery, Denver, CO.
Juried by Christoph Heinrich, PhD, Director of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
2015 "20" x 20" x 20": A National Compact Exhibition" LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge,
LA. Juried by Brooke D. Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect.3 in New Orlean
*2nd Place Winner.
2015 "Losing Love" Core New Art Space, Denver, CO.
Curated by Niza Knoll of Knoll Gallery, Denver CO.
2015 "Reality and Metaphor II" Valentine H Zahn Gallery, Westbrook, CT.
Curated by Leo Feroleto of Six Summit Gallery, Juried by Adrien Broom and Jerry
2015 "Nor Easter: The NBMAA 45th Annual Juried Exhibition" New Britain Museum of Art,
New Britain, CT.
2015 "Icebreaker 6" Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO. Juried by Lauren Wright, Curator and
Artistic Director for the Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO.
2014 "10th Annual Small Works Show" 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Juried by Bill Carroll.
2014 "Winter Sentiments" Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL.
2014 "American Dream: Lost or Found?" Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach,
2010 “March Mash-Up” Kings County, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 “Pratt In Venice” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 “The Huge Drain” Pop-up exhibition, 30 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 “Ready to Emerge” Gallery Z, Providence, RI.

2013 Studio Pedagogy: "The Imperative of Teaching," a group exhibition with Kim Beck, Adam Brent, Nina Katchadourian, Sheila Pepe and students. Curated by Tara Kopp and Aileen Wilson. Bergen Community College Gallery, Paramus, NY

2014 Pratt Young Scholars, Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY
2011 Brooklyn Latin School - Brooklyn, NY
Evaluated the portfolios of International Baccalaureate visual art students. June 2011
2008 Saturday Art School, Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY
2007 New York City Department of Education - New York, NY
2005 City Arts - South Providence, RI

2016 2nd Place Winner, Painting and Seeing, UNCW Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC.
2015 2nd Place Winner, 20" x 20" x 20": A National Compact Exhibition, LSU Union Art
Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA.
2015 People's Choice Award, 10th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Koch Cultural Trust Grant Award
2004-06 Full Merit Based Scholarship, Rhode Island School of Design
2004 Thomas Klaverkamp Scholarship for excellence in art, The University of Kansas
2002-04 National Society of Collegiate Scholars, The University of Kansas

2016 Front Art Space, OPEN 15, Exhibition Catalogue, New York, NY.
2016 "Trending: Contemporary Art Now!" Women's Caucus for Art, Exhibition Catalog.
Hosted by the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, juried by
Elizabeth Garvey, Simon Garvey Art Access and Exhibition Director Karen Gutfreund,
Artist/ Curator. Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January
6, 2016).

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Brooklyn, NY 11217


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