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.


Born: in New York, NY
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC
MFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant
Won the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition
Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts grant
Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient
Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Willard L. Metcalf Award
Recipient of the National Academy Museum, Helen Foster Barnett Prize
Recipient of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Presidential Award
Recipient of the Alexander Calder Foundation’s first annual Calder Prize
Recipient of the MacArthur Grant
Lives and works in New York, NY


Tara Donovan: Untitled, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (solo)
New Drawings, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Tara Donovan, Prints and sculpture, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
Tara Donovan: Rubber Band Drawings, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Tara Donovan, Drawings and Sculptures, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Tara Donovan: New Work, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Sculpture, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Lodz Biennal, Lodz, Poland
Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (solo)
The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial, Cornish, NH (solo)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (solo)
Rice University, Houston, TX (solo)
IBM Building, New York, NY(solo)
Off the beaten track: contemporary mindscapes, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA
ACE Invitational, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bits and Pices, Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
Under Pressure, Cooper Union, New York, NY
ACE Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
ACE Invitational, ACE Gallery, New York, NY
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Fictions in Wonderland, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Colony, ACE Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (solo)
ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)