Artist Profile - Asia Tail
Asia Tail is an artist, curator, and arts administrator based in Tacoma, Washington. Asia attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her studio practice focuses on oil painting, but also includes collage, beadwork, and other media. Asia’s work has recently been featured in the exhibition NW Art Now @ TAM (formerly the Northwest Biennial), Quota at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Moon Moan at 950 Gallery in Tacoma, and Women’s Work at the NARS Foundation in New York.
As an extension of her art making, Asia also curates special projects and art exhibitions, with an emphasis on Indigenous artists. In 2015, she created the Contemporary Native Voices project for Tacoma Art Museum, interviewing over 20 individuals on Native American representation in art. The project integrated Native voices into the museum’s galleries through wall text, interactive activities, and commissioned performances. In 2016, she independently curated the exhibition, Protect the Sacred at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma, which showcased work from 26 Native American artists and raised funds to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction in North Dakota. In 2019, she co-curated yəhaw̓ with Tracy Rector and Satpreet Kahlon, a year-long project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s King Street Station featuring work by over 200 Indigenous creatives.
Asia also works part-time as the Arts Program Coordinator for the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality. She is a freelance consultant on advisory committees and selection panels for local arts organizations including Seattle Art Museum, Artist Trust, Pratt Fine Arts, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Spaceworks Tacoma, Indigenous Showcase, and others.
She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a proud member of the diverse Urban Native community in the Pacific Northwest.