Originally from Bath, New York, and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Tara Conley lives and works in Houston, Texas. Conley is a multi-media sculptor who employs fiber, steel, bronze, and fiberglass in her pieces, often mixing materials and processes in surprising ways. She has an extraordinary knack for creating organic yet original shapes from man-made materials, adding a delightful sense of humor and wonder to the mix.
In 2011 she and artist Joe Barrington were awarded Texas Tech University's largest public art commission. Her series 'My Life as a Doll', was exhibited at Diverse Works Art Space and shown again in Conley's first museum exhibition at the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Conley is also included in a variety of publications including Texas Artists Today by Catherine Anspon and Touching Fiber Arts by Carol Ikard and Jacque Smith for the Texas Museum of Fiber Arts.
Conley's notable 'Text Statements' series features a collection of cast bronze phrases in curvilinear script, which hang a few inches from the wall and cast a shadow, projecting a reflection of the work itself. Thirty-three of Conley's phrases, an indoor sculpture of steel and glass, and a towering 14 foot stainless steel outdoor sculpture completed her commission with the City of Houston for the Fondren Police Station in January of 2015