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Tara Leigh Tappert

Tara Leigh Tappert, American art historian, archivist, researcher. Library. Congress fellow George Washington University, 1985-1986, Smithsonian pre-doctoral fellow, 1986-1987, Beverly R. Robinson doctoral fellow Winterthur Museum, 1988.


  • Tappert, Tara Leigh was born on January 9, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Herman Henry and Carol Louise (Zannoth) Tappert.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History, Hope College, 1973. Medical Science Liaison Society in Library. and Archives Administration, Wayne State University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in American Civilization, George Washington University, 1990.


    • Law library United States District Court (eastern district), Detroit, 1973-1977, Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington, 1977-1983. Editor American Studies International George Washington University, 1983-1985. Curatorial assistant, researcher National Museum American Art, 1987.

      Curatorial assistant National Portrait Gallery, 1988-1990, guest curator, 1990-1996. Curator exhibitions and collections Roanoke (Virginia) Museum Fine Arts, 1990. Guest curator Borghi & Company, New York City, 1991-1993.

      Research associate American Craft Museum, 1992-1998. Private practice Roanoke, Virginia, 1990-1997, Washington, since 1998. Library. consultant National Press Club Library., Washington, 1984-1985.

      Fine arts bibliographer National Trust British Library., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985-1986. Fine arts consultant Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1987. Curatorial researcher, writer Detroit Institute Arts, 1995.

      Adjunct faculty Parsons School Design, Masters Program in the History of December Arts at the Smithsonian Associates, 1999-2004. Arts consultant Scheurer Hospital-Hueschen Arts College, Pigeon, Michigan, 1999-2001, Glen Burnie Museum, Winchester, Virginia, 2002, Rising Phoenix Retreat Center, Flintstone, Doctor of Medicine 2004.


    • Author: (exhibition catalogue) The Emmets: A Generation of Gifted Women, 1993, (exhibition catalogue) Craft in the Machine Age: 1920-1945, 1995, (exhibition catalogue) Cecilia Beaux and the Art of Portraiture, 1995, Aimee Ernesta and Eliza Cecilia - Two Sisters, Two Choices, 2000. Guest co-editor special issue on Cecilia Beaux for Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biographyt, 2000. Writer, researcher Williams College Museum Art, 2001, Biggs Museum of America Art, 2002.

      Author: William Sartain and Cecilia Beaux: The Influences of a Teacher, Pennsylvania Cultural Landscape: The Sartain Family Legacy 1830-1930, 2000.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Society of Friends


    Archivist, editor Roanoke Network for Professional and Managerial Women, Roanoke, Virginia, 1992-1993. Member American Association Museum, American Studies Association (student 1985-1987), College Art Association, Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference (local arrangements 1991), Women's Caucus for Art (president 2002-2003 Washington chapter, chapter council 2003-2005), Art Libraries Society of North America (John Benjamins award 1999), National Coalition of Indiana Scholars.


    • Married Clarke Foster Dilks, October 18, 1975 (divorced April 9, 1980).
    • father: Herman Henry Tappert
    • mother: Carol Louise (Zannoth) Tappert
    • spouse: Clarke Foster Dilks
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    Born January 9, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1973
      Hope College
    • 1976
      Wayne State University
    • 1990
      George Washington University
    • 1973 - 1977
      Law library United States District Court (eastern district)
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1977 - 1983
      Law library United States District Court (eastern district)
      Washington, United States
    • 1983 - 1985
      editor American Studies Intern, ational George Washington University
    • 1987
      curatorial assistant, National Museum American Art
    • 1987
      researcher, National Museum American Art
    • 1988 - 1990
      curatorial assistant, National Portrait Gallery
    • 1990 - 1997
      private practice, Roanoke
      Virginia, United States
    • 1990 - 1996
      curatorial assistant, National Portrait Gallery
    • 1990
      curator exhibitions and collections Roanoke (Virginia) Museum Fine Arts
    • 1991 - 1993
      guest curator Borghi & Company
    • 1992 - 1998
      research associate, American Craft Museum
    • 1998
      private practice, Roanoke
      Washington, United States
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