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.

Timeline

1969
Born: in New York, NY
1987
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1991
BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC
1999
MFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1999
Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant
2001
Won the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition
2003
Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts grant
Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient
2004
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
2005
Recipient of the Alexander Calder Foundation’s first annual Calder Prize
2008
Recipient of the MacArthur Grant
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2010
Tara Donovan: Untitled, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (solo)
2009
New Drawings, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
2007
Tara Donovan, Prints and sculpture, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
2006
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)
2004
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)
2003
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)
2002
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)
2001
Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (solo)
2000
ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)