Tanya Crane

Tanya Crane’s artwork dwells within a liminal existence between prejudice and privilege. Reared in a white middle class suburb of Los Angeles, Crane experienced blackness only when visiting her father in South Central Los Angeles. Her dual existence has deeply informed her practice and has led to three bodies of work: A Gathering of Instance, African and American and Seeing Through.

Crane earned her MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to teaching at RISD she is a part-time lecturer in the Metals area at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She is professionally affiliated with the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Ethical Metalsmiths.

  • MFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design