Tara Zalewsky-Nease received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of New Mexico (2006) and her Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design and Illustration from Kent State University, OH (2003).
Most recently she exhibited her solo painting and sculptural installation: “Of Crayons, Cats, Dolls and Monsters” at Borelli Edwards Gallery, in Lawrenceville, PA. (2014)
In New Mexico, she had solo exhibitions of her work in Sante Fe, Albuquerque, and the Millicent Rodgers Museum in Taos. She was the artist in residence at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos (2006), and her painting and sculpture has won various awards, including The Friends of Art- Best in Show award from The Jonson Gallery in Albuquerque.
She has taught drawing and design for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online, as well as ground courses in Painting and drawing at Point Park University, Carlow University, and Washington and Jefferson College, in addition to other local colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area.
In addition, she teaches water based oil painting techniques at her studio in Sewickley, PA, “Studio Ochre”, where she holds community painting classes through her “Pittsburgh Paintings” series www.pittsburghpaintings.com/.
She also presents painting workshops at Touchstone Center for Crafts and Sweetwater Center for the Arts.
“I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint.”