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Athena Tacha



Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, College of Wooster, Ohio, 1990.
Ph.D. in Aesthetics, University of Paris (Sorbonne), France, 1963.
M.A. in Art History, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1961.
M.A. in Sculpture, National Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece, 1959.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Athena Tacha: "Shapes of Fluidity, photo-environments and sculpture", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC

2014 "Athena Tacha from the public to the private", Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2013 Athena Tacha: "Drawings: Private and Public, 1977 - 2007", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC

2011 "Polyglossia", Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Geece  (a major international group exhibition)

2010 "Athena Tacha: From the Public to the Private", Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Geece

2008 "Rock and Water: New Photoworks by Athena Tacha", Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC

2007 "Small Wonders", Kouros Gallery, New York, NY

2006 "Small Wonders, New Sculptures and Photoworks", American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC (catalogue)

2004 “Athena Tacha, Shields and Universes: Sculpture and Drawing”, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC

2001 "Athena Tacha: New Sculpture and Drawings", Foundation for Hellenic Studies, New York, (catalogue)

1998 "Sealed Memories" (multimedia installation), University of Florida Art Gallery, Gainesville, FL.

1989 "Vulnerability: New Fashions", Franklin Furnace, New York, 1994 (catalogue).
New Works 1986 - 89, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Galleria), (cat. essay by
Thalia Gouma-Peterson)
"Public Works, 1970-1988: A Retrospective Exhibition", High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA,(cat. essay by Catherine & John Howett)

1984 "Massacre Memorials", Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY(cat. essay by Lucy Lippard)

1981 "Fragmentation", Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY.

1979 "Athena Tacha", Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY.

1978 "Tape Sculptures", Wright State University, Dayton, OH, (catalogue)

Selected Large-scale Permanent Commissions

Wisconsin Place, 2009, circular granite waterfall with obelisk, light avenue and 35 foot light tower, Friendship Heights, on the border between Washington DC and Chevy Chase, MD.

Dancing Steps, 2007, granite amphitheater, two fountains and a stream, Muhammad Ali Center Plaza, Louisville, KY.

Victory Plaza, 2000-01, water, granite pavers, concrete, 40,000 sq. ft., American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX (City of Dallas Public Art Committee).

Eco-Rhythms, 1994-96, sandblasted photos and text on 280 black granite slabs, mounted on walls ca. 9 x 256 x 112 ft., Ecology Dept., University of Minnesota, St. Paul (in collaboration with science faculty).

Transit, 1991-93, reddish concrete and mahogany granite with sandblasted photos, 18 x 30 x 55 ft., Dept. of Transportation, Hartford, CT (% for Art).

Connections, 1981-92, one city-block park with terraced gardens, Franklin Town, Philadelphia, PA (% for Art).

Green Acres, 1985-87, buff brick, green slate, photo-sandblasted green granite and plants, ca. 3? x 77 x 85 ft., Department of Environmental Protection courtyard, Trenton, NJ. (1% for Art).

Merging, 1985-86, granite and waterfalls, ca. 8 x 71 x 83 ft., Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Ice Walls, 1983-84, glass block, 4 x 26 x 20 ft., Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK (1% for Art).

Blair Fountain, 1981-82, concrete, rocks and water, 30 x 60 x 80 ft., Low Water Dam Riverfront Park, Tulsa, OK.

Leaning Arches, 1980-82, painted corten, 16 x ca. 20 x 40 ft., Douglas Road Metrorail Station, Miami, FL (Dade County Arts Council funds).

Curving Arcades (Homage to Bernini), 1980-81, painted corten, 16 x 50 x 74 ft., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. National Endowment for the Arts matching grant.

Ripples, 1978-79, white concrete, 3 x 30 x 80 ft., Federal Office Bldg., Granby Mall and City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, VA. Commissioned by the General Services Administration.

Streams, 1975-76, sandstone, pumice rocks and lake pebbles, 10 x 30 x 20 ft., Vine Street Park, Oberlin, OH. National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Arts Council grants.


"Athena Tacha, Small Wonders", essay by Anne Ellegood, catalogue for the 2006 exhibition at American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, Grayson Publishing, Washington DC.

"Dancing in the Landscape: the Sculpture of Athena Tacha", edited by James Grayson Trulove, essay by Harriet F. Senie, Grayson Publishing (Ariel Press), Washington, DC, 2000 (150 pp., 235 ill.)

"Cosmic Rhythms: Athena Tacha's Public Sculpture", by Elizabeth McClelland, Ohio Artists Now, Cleveland, OH 1998 (79 pp., 50 ill.).

"Athena Tacha: Public Sculpture", Oberlin, OH, 1982 (42pp, 36 ill.)

Selected Museum Collections

Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
M.C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
S.P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Ithaca, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence
University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
University of Utah Art Gallery, Salt Lake City
Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
F.R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
J.V. Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ