Tanya Crane’s artwork dwells within a liminal existence between prejudice and privilege. Reared in a white middle class suburb of Los Angeles, Crane’s experience with blackness was limited to visiting her father in South Central Los Angeles. Her dual existence has deeply informed her practice and has led to three bodies of work, A Gathering of Instance, African and American, and Seeing Through.
Crane received her MFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Currently, Crane is a Professor of the Practice at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and is a Critic in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Most recently, Tanya was awarded the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award and had a four month long exhibition in their new space in Boston's Harbor District from June 29 - October 28, 2017.