Member Highlight

Tanya Chaly


"In my work I have been exploring ideas around the presentation and records of natural history, wilderness and the mechanisms of the natural world. My practice involves both research trips and extensive gathering of a variety of materials as well as fieldwork and direct contact with scientists. I am interested in the idea of how to render the seemingly invisible forces that surround us and yet play and shape much of our world and continue to possibly re-engineer what we perceive in the natural order.

I became a member of MGC in 2011 wanting to re explore printmaking which I had done during my undergraduate year at art school. I love the solitary nature of my studio practice but have discovered that I also really enjoy the collaborative nature of printmaking and learning a new craft. I have found that the technical challenges of the printmaking process have influenced and expanded my drawing practice in unexpected ways."

Tanya Chaly was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and went on to complete Post Graduate studies majoring in Painting from the University Of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Art History at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France where she was appointed a teaching position at the Ecole Media D’Art, in Chalon sur-Saone. She has been based in New York City since 2007.

She has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows and has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes. Recent solo shows include Miller Gallery Alvernia University, McCarthy Art Gallery St Michael’s College, VT, The Explorer's Club New York, and the University of Connecticut Art Gallery. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Wave Hill, NY, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia, Drive-By Projects, MA, Idaho State University, Arizona State University, CAP Artspace, NY and Five Points Gallery, CT among many others. In 2014 she received the New York Explorer's Club Artist-in-Exploration Award (sponsored By Rolex), a $25,000 prize given to an artist to produce a body of work out in the field. Other grants and awards include residencies at Brooklyn Art Cluster 2017, Art of Science Residency The Ligo Project NY, a NSW Ministry for the Arts Gunnery Studio, Australia, the Saltonstall Foundation NY, the Vermont Studio Center and The Zeta Orionis Fellowship in 2017. Her work can be found in the public collections of: The Explorer’s Club New York, The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Nortel Australia, Crown Casino, Melbourne and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.

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