Tara Donovan (American, b.1969) is a sculptor and installation artist. She earned a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1991, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. By meticulously assembling common, household items into large-scale installation pieces, Donovan converts a jumble of everyday objects into an ornate network that appears to have a life of its own. For a 2006 exhibit at the PaceWildenstein gallery in New York, Donovan used plastic drinking cups to create an architectural, beehive-like landscape measuring 5 x 50 x 60 feet. Donovon’s sculptures and installations have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 2008, Donovan was granted a fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation, whose awards are often called “genius grants.” She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.