Tara Geer (b. 1970, Boston, Massachusetts) is a New York-based artist whose primary medium is drawing. For Geer, drawing is not an intermediary process, but rather the seed of all making—raw beginning. Influenced by disparate artistic styles from traditional Chinese landscape painting and early Japanese calligraphy to Mexican retablos, Geer is interested in a kind of seeing–not of a world of known, knowable, sure things–but of a world brimming with information beyond her ability to hold down. Using mostly charcoal, pencil, and eraser on paper, Geer creates monumental abstract drawings that feel as though they are in a constant state of change.
Geer holds a BA and MFA from Columbia University where she had a full teaching fellowship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Geer’s works are held in several major public collections, including the Morgan Library & Museum, the Parrish Museum, and the William Louis Dreyfus Foundation, among others. Her work with the 6-woman activist collective, Victory Garden, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Historical Society, The Beinecke Library at Yale University, and The Canadian Museum. She’s had solo shows in Los Angeles and in New York, and exhibited at Jason McCoy, Tibor de Nagy, and Glenn Horowitz Gallery, among other galleries. Geer’s work is featured in two books: “Carrying Silence: The Drawings of Tara Geer” and “New York Studio Conversations.” In addition to being an artist, Geer has been teaching art for the past three decades. She currently teaches in the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has been on staff since 2012.