Tamar Ettun, Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, PART BLUE (2015), performance

Tamar Ettun
Teaching Artist in Residence
Fall 2021


Tamar Ettun is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Among others, she has had exhibitions and performances at Pioneer Works, PERFORMA, Sculpture Center, Madison Square Park, Art Omi Sculpture Garden, The Barrick Museum UNLV, The Watermill Center, e-flux, Herzelia Biennial, Socrates Sculpture Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum and Fridman Gallery. She received awards and fellowships from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Chinati Foundation, Moca Tucson Artist Residency, MacDowell Fellowship, RECESS, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund and Iaspis. Ettun founded The Moving Company, an artists collective creating performances in public spaces and a social engagement project with Brooklyn teens hosted by The Brooklyn Museum. 

Ettun received her M.F.A. from Yale University in 2010 where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. She studied at Cooper Union in 2007 while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. She teaches at Columbia University School of Arts and Parsons School of Design.


While at UC Davis during fall quarter 2021, Ettun taught two courses: Art 113 “Interdisciplinary Art” and ART 290D, a seminar for second-year graduate students. Ettun’s Art 113 explored the interaction and integration of new media with textile work, including weavings, tapestries, fiber arts, inflatables, and wearable sculptures. The course focused on the collision of traditional textile craftsmanship with installation, performance and video, and observed how the old and new extend and challenge each other. To support this class, Ettun built out a dye lab in the sculpture studio where she taught modules on various dye techniques. Ettun also continued to develop work as part of her Lilit the Demon series, creating large scale textile works and a performance while at UC Davis. Ettun traveled to the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Reserve to create the performance, Red Ball. The University of California Natural Reserve System is the large system of field stations in the world and offer relatively undisturbed examples of the state's ecosystems. Facilities use is available to University of California faculty, students and researchers. Ettun gave a public lecture on Thursday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.


Banner image: Tamar Ettun, Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly: Part BLUE, 2015 - 2018, moving installation, performed at The Watermill Center, The Knockdown Center, ZAZ 10TS Times Square, NADA art fair and Transformer Siren Art Festival. Photo by Matt Grubb