Tanya Crane’s artwork dwells within a liminal existence between prejudice and privilege. Reared in a white middle class suburb of Los Angeles, Crane’s experience with blackness was limited to visiting her father in South Central Los Angeles. Her dual existence has deeply informed her practice and has led to three bodies of work, A Gathering of Instance, African and American, and Seeing Through.
Crane received her MFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Currently, Crane is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Most recently, Tanya was awarded the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, the Haystack Mountain School Artist Residency 2017, and the Smitten Forum Metalsmithing Residency at the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico 2018. She was also featured in Art New England's Jan/Feb 2018 Issue, Craft Chisel, Collect: Three Artists and Their Residencies as well as the feature story for Where Guide to Boston, Make, Meet Boston's Rockin' Crafters in September of 2017.
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