Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

On view January 18 - April 12, 2020

When looking at family photos, most people have old, faded photographs that capture a fleeting moment in time. Artist Tara Moorman takes her family history a step further. Letters to My Ancestors presents a series of paintings celebrating her maternal grandmother’s lineage and inspired by family photos from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Tara Moorman was raised in a family of men and women who were always making something; building homes and furniture or designing clothes and beautiful quilts, productivity was valued. Tara embraces their creative and artistic traditions. Rescuing a box of old family photographs became a jumping off point to bring her ancestors and their story to life through art. This work allows her to merge art with love of family, history, and storytelling. Her ancestors beckon her to keep working and sharing her creativity with the world.

Tara’s most recent solo show was at the Lawrence (KS) Arts Center. She has exhibited at numerous juried exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Black Earth Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Polk County Heritage Museum, Des Moines, Figge Art Museum, Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Sedona Art Center. Her work is found in many public and private collections, including the United Way of East Central Iowa, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, The American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge at the University of Iowa Hospitals, St Lukes Hospital, Providence Medical Group Cardiology and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Tara is from Newton, Kansas. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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