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Tanya Synar
Associate Professor
Department of Visual Arts
Program Areas: Sculpture

Professional Preparation
MFA-Sculpture, University of Washington
BFA-Sculpture, Colorado State University

Tanya Synar teaches Sculpture and has been a member of the faculty since 2004. Prof. Synar specializes in Sculpture involving a variety of media both alternative and traditional. She has an extensive background in metal casting including iron and is currently focusing on video installation. “Video is a medium that enables me to establish a dialog with movement and time.   It has allowed me to focus on perception as a primary consideration in my visual language.” Her research interests involve exploring perception relative to the landscape and crossing over into the sciences. She has won numerous awards including an Illinois Arts Council Grant and has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Her most recent project titled “Deception Pass” is based on a marine navigation channel in Washington State and is made possible by the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in their Pacific Hydrographic Branch in Seattle, WA. 


The phenomena of the landscape, imagined or real is the basis from which my work stems. Most often, my working process originates from excursions into remote backcountry wilderness areas and may extend over several years, depending on the nature of the project. This total immersion fosters a perceptual and physical directness I imagine as a process of reading the landscape. The nature of my work is leading me to consult and collaborate with professionals within the scientific community to realize the work. My intention is to provoke a sense of awe and wonderment similar to what I experience in certain places within the landscape while directing consciousness towards our relationship with the earth.
The landscape is awe inspiring, supportive and also compromised.

Tanya Synar Artwork pics

a. "Seafloor #1" Inkjet Print."
b. "Deception Pass" Installation View. Mixed media with video.
c. "Deception Pass" Installation View. Mixed media with video.
d. "Deception Pass" Installation View. Mixed media with video.
e. Pangea" cast iron, chrome, plated steel and concrete.
f. "Sea"
g. "Vent"
h. "Untitled" Mixed media with video.

Events and Accomplishments

TWU Sculpture Professor, Tanya Synar is included in a International Exchange Show entitled, TOKYO-LA-TEXAS at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.  Her work will be on display March 20 - March 28

TWU Sculpture professor Tanya Synar took her sculpture students to participate in the iron pour in Lubbock, TX for the Texas Sculpture Symposium.  There they participated and watched the process of pouring iron, in addition to enjoying the lectures and art at the symposium. [pictures]

TWU Sculpture Faculty Tanya Synar visited Arizona State University March 19th and gave an artist talk about her installation works that involve cast metal, video and audio.  She also had the opportunity to give a sand molding demo during her visit.

Tanya Synar's "Talk to the Story Below Ground" is included in the Third Coast National juried exhibition at K Space Contemporary.  Juror is Andy Coolquitt and opening is on September 6, 2013.

Tanya Synar's work will be featured in an outdoor sculpture installation in Abilene for their 32nd Outdoor Sculptour. The work will be at the Center for Contemporary Arts / 220 Cypress Street / Abilene, Texas for 2 years. For more information:

Assoc. Professor Tanya Synar / At the University of Dallas, Haggerty Gallery, Ms. Synar will be in a two person show opening October 2012. The pieces included are her Yellowstone Project sound installation and "Pangea".

Tanya Synar's work "Pangea" was selected for an exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary by curator Phillip King. The exhibition was May 31- August 20, 2012. The show is in conjunction with the conference, "Scale: A Gathering of Sculptors".



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