Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Tatana Kellner

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Rosendale, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1988, 1994, 2001

Tatana Kellner is a Czech born artist who lives in Rosendale, NY. Her work combines printmaking, painting, photography, and installation and is strongly informed by her early life experiences in communist-era Prague, growing up in a family of Holocaust survivors. Her work is often about witnessing history, calling attention to the failings and suffering of people and the imperfect society in which we live.

She is the recipient of two Puffin Foundation Grants, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, two Photographer’s Fund Awards from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Her work has been recently shown at the Everson Museum, University of Albany Museum, CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, Davidson College, Dorsky Museum, Kean University, Kentler International Drawing Center, Islip Museum, and the Kunstlerhause Ziegelhutte in Darmstadt, Germany.

She is a co-founder and artistic director of Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, an artists’ workspace whose vision is to create a world where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history.



Tatana Kellner worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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