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artist , educator , sculptor

Athena Tacha, Greek sculptor, artist, educator. Recipient 1st prize May Show, Cleveland Museum Art, 1968, 71, 79; National Education Association grantee, 1975; Bogliasco Foundation/Liguria Study Center fellow, 2003, Bellagio Study Center fellow, 2007.


Tacha, Athena was born on April 23, 1936 in Larissa, Greece. Arrived in the United States, 1963.


Master of Arts, National Academy Fine Arts, Athens, Greece, 1959. Master of Arts in Art History, Oberlin College, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University Paris, 1963.


Curator modern art Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, 1963-1973. Professor art Oberlin College, 1973-2000. Adjunct professor art University Maryland, College Park, since 1999.


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    • One-woman shows include Zabriskie Gallery, New York, 1979, 81, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1984, High Museum Art, Atlanta, 1989, Cleveland Center Contemporary Art, 1989, Franklin Furnace, New York, 1994, Foundation for Hellenic Culture, New York, 2001, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, 2004, 08, American University Museum, Washington, 2006, Kouros Gallery, New York City, 2007, State Museum Contemp Art, Trassaloniki, Larissa, Athens, Greece, 2010, others. Principal public commissions include sculptures at American Airlines Center, Dallas., City of Philadelphia, Department Environmental Protection, Trenton, New Jersey, Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Low Water Dam Riverfront Park, Tulsa, Department of Transportation, Hartford, Connecticut, Metrorail, Miami, Florida, Ecology Department University Minnesota, St. Paul, Metro Morgan Boulevard Station, Washington, DC, Light Rail Stations, Newark, New Jersey, Strathmore Music Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Business School, University Wisconsin, Madison, Muhammad Ali Plaza, Louisville, Kentucky, Wisconsin Place, Friendship Heights, Maryland.

      Collections include Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Museum Fine Arts, Houston, National College Fine Arts, Washington, Cleveland Museum Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Uttica, Nelson-Atkins Museum Art, Kansas City, Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, Speed Art Museum, Louisville. Author: (as A. T. Spear) Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1967, Brancusi's Birds, 1969. Contributor articles to professional journals.

      Subject of books Cosmic Rhythms: Athena Tacha's Public Sculpture (E. McClelland), 1998, Dancing in the Landscape: The Sculpture of Athena Tacha, 2000, Athena Tacha: From Public to private, Thessalonihi, Greece, 2010.