Education

Cornell University, MFA (specialization: print media), Ithaca, New York, 2008.

Concordia University, MFA (specialization: printmedia), Montreal, Quebec, 2005-2006 (one year only).

Queen’s University, BFA, BEd, Kingston, Ontario, 1994/1995

Solo Exhibitions: present-2000

The Beaufort Windscale (upcoming), SNAP Gallery, January 2018, Edmonton, Alberta.

God Love Brigus II (upcoming), Alberta Printmakers, January 2017, Calgary, Alberta.

Contre Vents et Marées (against winds and tides), Loop Gallery, March 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

God Love Brigus, Loop Gallery, October 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Based on a True Story (Part II), ARPRIM Gallery, September-October 2015, Montreal, Quebec.

Based on a True Story, Wassaic Project Exhibition & Festival, Summer 2014, Wassaic, New York.

Supercell, Loop Gallery, October 2013, Toronto, Ontario. Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill.

Thunderhead: Roadside Attractions Window Display, June 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Weather Wise, Loop Gallery, March 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Weather Girl’s Field Guide to Lightning, Open Studio, November 2011, Toronto, Ontario.

Weather Girl, Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1), November 2010, Toronto, Ontario.

Off Season, Loop Gallery, February/March 2010, Toronto, Ontario.

Weather Permitting, Open Studio, July 2009, Toronto, Ontario.

Until the Lake Froze Solid, Lennox Gallery, September 2008, Toronto, Ontario.

Until the Lake Froze Solid, Tjaden Gallery, April 2008, Ithaca, New York.

Field Notes, Harbourfront Centre (site-specific), September 2007, Toronto, Ontario.

Lulu-The Saga Continues, Premier Dance Theatre, November 2004, Toronto, Ontario.

Speaking of Lulu M. Elliott, Member’s Gallery: Open Studio, November 2004, Toronto, Ontario.

Forgotten Stories and Other Bird-Like Movements, Robert Langen Gallery:

Wilfred Laurier University, October 2004, Waterloo, Ontario.

Falling Between the Feathers, Malaspina Printmakers, March 2004, Vancouver, B.C..

Loose Threads, Temiskaming Art Gallery, March 2002, Haileybury, Ontario.

Beneath Her Covers, Eastern Edge Gallery, February 2001, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Quilted Stories, Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto, February 2000, Toronto, Ontario.

A la recherché (in search of practice-based research), Open Studio, January 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

Not So Mini 2015, Alberta Printmakers, December 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Screen Play: Print & the Moving Image, Open Studio, 11 Sept.–10 Oct. 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008–2013), The Center for Book Arts, 17 Jan.–29 Mar. 2014, New York City, New York. I was part of the 2012 publication.

Benchwarmers, Harbourfront Centre (Architecture Exhibition Space), Fall 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

The site-specific installation was made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill (50/50 split)

Toronto Art Fair, Metro Convention Centre (Booth for Open Studio), Oct. 2012-13, Toronto, Ontario.

Supercell, Duncan Jordonstone College of Art & Design, August 2013, Dundee, Scotland.

Note: This was held in conjunction with Impact 8: International Printmaking Conference.

Tel-Talk (interventions in telephone booths), Telephone Booth Gallery, July 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

TH&B2, 70 Sherman Avenue, April-May 2012, Hamilton, Ontario.

Constructed View, Harbourfront Centre, Winter 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Pink Pearl, Gladstone Hotel, December-January 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Call Home: Domestic Narratives, Telephone Booth Gallery, May 2011, Toronto, Ontario.

Weather Girl, Gladstone Hotel, Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto, Ontario.

Art School {Dismissed}, Shaw Street School, May 2010, Toronto, Ontario.

Up and Coming, Hunterdon Art Museum, Summer 2009, Clinton, New Jersey.

Cornell MFA Thesis Exhibition, May 2008, New York City Center.

Crit II, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, August 2007, Spencertown, New York.

Encounter, Atelier Limited: Galerie and Edition, June 2007, Munster, Germany.

Fruit Loops–Video Print, Zone Gallery, March 2007, Kansas City, Missouri.

Fabula Rasa: A Collaboration of Writers & Artists, Cornell, February 2007, Ithaca, New York. 

Cultivating Creativity, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, January 2007, San Francisco, California.

Hello Dolly! SPIN Gallery, August 2006, Toronto, Ontario.

Pony Up: White Cube on the Move, April 2006, St. Catherine Street, Montreal, Quebec.

Rotary Blue, Atelier Circulaire, February 2006, Montreal, Quebec.

Kala Thirty Something, SFMoMA Artists’ Gallery, June-July 2005, San Francisco, California.

Modern Myths, Case Studies: York Quay Galleries, May-July 2005, Toronto, Ontario.

The Essence of Nature, Bedford Gallery, Dean, June-August 2004, Walnut Creek, California.

Tintcure of Time: Place of Healing, Richmond Health Center, January-April 2004, California.

Art 03, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, October 2003, San Jose, California.

2x4 Fellowship Recipients, Kala Art Institute, August 2003, Berkeley, California.

Print, Pixels and Portals, CAC Gallery, September 2002, North Adams, Massachusetts.

St. Michael’s Archives, Charlottetown Arts Guild, September 2001, Prince Edward Island.

Fervent Precincts: Great Canadian Print Exhibition, Edward Day Gallery, July 2000, Toronto.

Relevant employment:

Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Waterloo, Department of Fine Arts, 2011-present.

Sessional Faculty, OCAD University (Printmaking), Toronto, Ontario, 2004-2011.

Sessional Faculty, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Fall 2010.

Sessional Faculty, Sir Sanford Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, 2009-2010.

Instructor, Toronto School of Art, 2009–2011.

Facilitator for The Canadian Art School Hop (outreach program for high school students), Canadian Art Foundation, 2009–2010.

Filmography - – Co-Director with Terry O’Neill

Follow the Bones, (feature-length documentary in progress) 2013-2016.

Supercell, 5 minutes, 2012.

Weather Girl Goes Storm Chasing, 15 minutes, 2012.

Under the Weather, 2:30 minutes, HD video, 2012.

Haircut 1 minute, 2011.

The Communist’s Daughter, 1:31, 2011.

Weather Girl, 1:30 minutes, 2010.

Shirts vs Skins: Benchwarmers, 2:30 minutes, 2010.

Off-Season 5 minutes, 2010.

Staycation, 1-minute silent animation, 2009.

Weather Permitting,10 minute animation, 2009.

Until the Lake Froze Solid, 10 minute 3-channel video, 2008, Animator.

Scenes from A Separated Life, 5 minute 2-channel video, 2008.

Field Notes and Other Invisible Sightings, 5 minute, 2007.

Selected writing: publications, blogs and reviews

Printopolis: An Examination of Contemporary Print in Canada. Edited by Tara Cooper and Jenn Law. Toronto: Open Studio, 2016 (forthcoming). Print.

Art Toronto, “Decoding the Tides at Loop”, Meghan O’Callaghan, 2016. Web. http://www.artoronto.ca/?p=32863

Art Toronto, “Tara Cooper and Jenn Law at Loop”, Katie Armstrong, 2015. Web. http://www.artoronto.ca/?p=30903

Covet Garden, “Art Attack”, Rhonda Riche, 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2015.

http://covetgarden.com/blog/2015/10/25/art-attack.html

BIVONABLOG, “Avoir a tête dans les nuages (to have your head in the clouds)”, Dario Bivona, DARIO2015, Web. 2 Oct. 2015. http://www.dariobivonablog.com/#!avoir-la-tete-dans-les-nuages/cix7

Canadian Art, “Must Sees This Week: September 10-16, 2015”, 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

http://canadianart.ca/must-sees/must-sees-the-week-september-10-to-16-2015/

Poughkeepsie Journal, “Wassiac Project’s Sky Reaches a Higher Plane”, Linda Marston-Reid, Web. 31 July 2014. http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/entertainment/arts/2014/07/31/wassaic-project-exhibit-art/13369215/

Rural Intelligence. “Party in the Hamlet for the Wassaic Project”, Rachel Louchen, 2014. Web. 6 June 2014. http://www.ruralintelligence.com/index.php/parties_section/parties_articles_parties/wassaic_project_party

Boundless and Borderless: A Print Portfolio Exchange Between Open Studio, Canada & Sydney Printmakers, Australia (Exhibition Catalogue). Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Cheng Shiu University, 2015. Print.

Borders & Crossings: The Artist as Explorer, Impact8 (Conference Catalogue). Dundee, Scotland: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 2014. p. 274 and p. 305.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Blog, “6 Questions With… “, October 29, 2014. http://www.andersonranch.org/6-questions-with-5/

Art Bitch: Reviewing Toronto’s Best Contemporary Art, “Loop Gallery: Tara Cooper and Suzanne Nacha”, Stephanie Anne D’Amico, Ocotober 16, 2013. http://www.artbitch.ca/?p=175

SP Weather Report 2012. This was completed and released in 2013. It is a limited edition international portfolio publication juried and coordinated by Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson of Long Island City, New York. http://spweatherstation.net/?page_id=1315

Tel-Talk, Edited by Paola Poletto, Liis Toliano & Yvonne Koscielak, Tight Rope Books, 2012.

The Globe and Mail, “Nostalgic Trip Through Travel and Weather”, R.M. Vaughan, March 9, 2012, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/rm-vaughan/nostalgic-trips-through-travel-and-weather/article2364274

Art School Dismissed, “Shirts vs Skins”, exhibition catalogue, Lake View Press: Toronto, 2011, p. 30-33.

Silent Volume, “Scenes from a Separated Life (2010)”, Chris Edwards, January 27, 2011.

http://silent-volume.blogspot.ca/2011/01/scenes-from-separated-life-2010.html

View on Canadian Art, “Art School Dismissed”, Andrea Carson, May 17th, 2010.

http://viewoncanadianart.com/2010/05/17/art-school-dismissed-a-photo-essay/

Art MoCo Loco “My State of The Art: Tara Cooper”, Sabine, August 26, 2010.

http://mocoloco.com/my-state-of-the-art-tara-cooper/

Loop Gallery, “A Conversation with Tara Cooper”, Ingrid Mida, March 8, 2010,

http://loopgallery.blogspot.com/2010/03/conversation-with-tara-cooper.html

New York Times, “By Invitation Only,” Benjamin Genocchio, August 23, 2009, NJ 12..

Eye Weekly, “Tara Cooper, Until the Lake Froze Solid” David Balzer, September 25, 2008, P. 50.

Awards

Mid-Career Production Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2015.

Note: This is a collaborative grant project with Terry O’Neill (principal listed on grant).

Golden Sheaf Nomination for Best Emerging Director, Yorkton Film Festival, May 2014.

UW/SSHRC Travel Grant, 2014.

Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2014.

LITE Seed Grant, University of Waterloo, 2013.

Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, August 2013.

Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award, University of Waterloo, 2012.

Best Local Film, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Fall 2011.

Nick Novak Scholarship, Open Studio, September 2010-September 2011.

Best in Category (The Emotional City), Toronto Urban Film Festival, September 2010.

Toronto Arts Council, Mid-Career Project Grant, 2009.

Ontario Arts Council, Mid-Career Project Grant, 2009.

Honourable Mention Best in Show, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Fall 2009.

Saltonstall Foundation Project Grant, New York, 2008-09.

Cornell Council for the Arts Grant, Ithaca, New York, 2008.

Graduate Student Conference Grant, Cornell, University, 2007.

J.A. de Seve Entrance Fellowship, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 2005.

Third Place Award, Bird 2005 International, Beijing Natural Culture Center, China, 2005.

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2004, 2000, 1998.

Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, January 2004.

Emerging Artist Scholarship, Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario, 2000-2001.

Ernst and Young Purchase Award, TOAE, Toronto, Ontario, 2000, 1997.

Residencies

Artist-in-Residence, Anderson Ranch, Colorado, fall 2014.

Artist-in-Residence, Landfall Trust (Brigus, Newfoundland), The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, summer 2014.

Wassaic Project Artist Residency, Wassaic, New York, August 2013 and 2014 (for exhibition installation).

Printmaking Residency and Exhibition, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany, 2007.

Malaspina Printmakers Visiting Artist, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2003.

Kala Art Institute Fellowship, Berkeley, California, 2003 (6 month residency).

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, Vermont. November 2002.

Artist in Residence–CAC, North Adams, Massachusetts, 1996-2000.

Artist in Residence, The Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee Belgium, January 1999.

Scholarly Presentations

Guest Artist, Queen’s University, Oct. 2016 (upcoming), Kingston.

Guest Artist and Cinematography Workshop with Terry O’Neill, OCAD University, Gibraltar Point—A Living Lab, 24 May 2016, Toronto.

Conference Panel Member: The Same but Different, or How Not to Auto-tune Your Prints, FLUX PORTLAND SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International), 30 Mar.–3 Apr. 2016, Portland (Oregon).

*Panelists included: Chair, Barbara Balfour (Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, York, University), Beth Howe (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art, Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and Jenn Law (writer, artist and co-editor of Printopolis).

Q&A, Loop Gallery, 1 Nov. 2015, Toronto. Stephanie D’Amico moderated the discussion with fellow Loop member Jenn Law.

Artist Talks, ARPRIM Gallery, 25 Sept. 2015 and 26 Sept. 2015, Montreal.  

Presented as part of Journées de la culture (a city-wide arts and culture event).

Artist Talks, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen (Colorado), 14 Oct. 2014; 9 Dec. 2014 and 12 Dec. 2014. As part of the residency program gave talks at Anderson Ranch, Wyley Arts Center (Basalt), and Launchpad (Carbondale).

Artist Talk and Hands-On Animation Workshop with Terry O’Neill, Brigus (Newfoundland). 9 July 2014.

Artist Talk with Terry O’Neill, The Wassaic Project Summer Festival, Wassaic (New York), 2 Aug. 2014.

Artist Talk, Open Studio’s Food and Conversation Series, 11 Dec. 2013, Toronto. The talk focused on Impact 8’s International Printmaking Conference and included open studio members: Penelope Stewart, Yael Brotman, Jenn Law and Liz Menard.

Q&A, Loop Gallery, 2 Nov. 2013, Toronto. Stephanie D’Amico moderated the discussion with fellow Loop member Suzanne Nacha.

Panel Chair: When Does This Become That?, Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 23 Aug.–1 Sept. 2013, Dundee (Scotland).

Guest Artist and Animation Workshop with Terry O’Neill, OCAD University, Gibraltar Point—A Living Lab, 24 May 2013, Toronto.

Artist Talk, Open Studio’s Food and Conversation Series, 23 Nov. 2012, Toronto, Ontario.  

The talk focused on the non-toxic printmaking.

Guest Artist and Animation Workshop with Terry O’Neill, OCAD University, Gibraltar Point—A Living Lab (course title), 25 May 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Q&A, Loop Gallery, 25 Mar. 2012, Toronto, Ontario. Rebecca Diederichs moderated the discussion with fellow Loop member Yael Brotman.

Representation

Loop Gallery (artist collective/member), Toronto, Ontario, 2010-present.

Open Studio (artist-run print centre), Toronto, Ontario, 1997-present.