Sherri Tan Biography
Sherri Tan is a figurative artist whose work includes collage, sculpture, photography and books. Her current work also includes collaborations with stage and theater in the world of opera. Over the past twenty years, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, NY; Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA; Center for Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL and Rosenwald Gallery, University of Pennsylvania; PA.
This year, a solo exhibit entitled, Sherri Tan, 1992- 2012: a 20-Year Survey, will be presented at Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, in Miami, Florida. In 2011, Ms. Tan designed large-scale stage sets for Visions of Orpheus presented by University of Miami's Frost Opera Theatre. Tan's artwork was also featured in the world premieres of Thomas Sleeper's operas, Sister's Antipodes, and Small Change, and she created stage sets and banners for a stage production of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, which toured in the US and in China.
Ms. Tan's work is collected by public, private and corporate collections including the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami Beach; Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton; American Bankers Insurance Group, Miami; Gerald Peters Galleries, Miami-Dade Public Library, and others. She has received various awards including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' three-year CAVA fellowship, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist grant and two Artist Access grants from Tigertail Productions. In 2001, Tan received an award for writing an original story and opera libretto, River of Shifting Sands, which premiered in Portland, Oregon. She has taught courses in the fine arts and humanities at University of Miami and New World School of the Arts. She is also a professional paintings conservator.
Sherri Tan earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Miami in 1996 and a B.A. degree for multi-media art from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1987. Sherri Tan lives and works in Miami, Florida.