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EDGE Grad Asia Tail on Artist Trust’s Professional Development Programs

Megan Gallagher

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Asia Tail, Swallow Follow, Oil on canvas , 48 x 48", 2016.

Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a Tacoma-based painter and arts administrator whose work has been featured in New American Paintings, and exhibitions including the Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest Art Now @ TAM and Vermillion Art Gallery’s Women on the Brink. She has served as a panelist and juror for several arts awards in the Seattle area, and currently works as the Arts Program Coordinator for Tacoma’s Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality.

After completing her BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Asia returned to her hometown of Tacoma. She was a Haub Fellow at the Tacoma Art Museum from 2014 to 2016, and developed the museum’s Contemporary Native Voices project as part of her fellowship. The project integrated commentary on Native American representation in art from over 20 Native individuals into the museum’s galleries. In 2016, she also curated Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock at Tacoma’s Spaceworks Gallery. The exhibition featured work from more than 20 Native artists and benefited the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) resistance.

In the same year, Asia graduated from Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program. “During my time at EDGE, I particularly enjoyed the sessions working on my artist statement, biography, resume, and other written materials. Having peers and teachers review my work and offer suggestions with fresh eyes was invaluable. I also learned how to file my taxes and track my expenses more efficiently as an artist, which saved me significant money and time during tax season,” she reflected.

“The EDGE program was incredibly valuable for me and immediately resulted in new opportunities, lasting friendships, and a positive change in the trajectory of my career as a professional artist. I’m excited to see the program moving to a more accessible and equitable model with the Art Business Night School, while maintaining high quality teaching and meaningful experiences.”

Asia received a GAP award from Artist Trust in 2015, which helped her move into her current studio at Spaceworks Tacoma’s 1120 Creative House and will support her in creating new works, including a coloring book for local Native youth. Her work will also be featured in the upcoming Moon Moan: Works by Asia Tail and Raven Juarez exhibition at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma.

Artist Trust is offering a series of professional development courses through Art Business Night School. Inspired by the content and curriculum of the EDGE Professional Development Program, Art Business Night School’s evening classes focus on teaching valuable, fundamental skills to help prepare participants for a career as an artist.

Learn more about Art Business Night School here.

Megan Gallagher is a writer from Redmond, Washington. She’s obsessed with libraries, art and radio, and aspires toward a future career in nonprofit communications and/or arts administration.