Tatana Kellner

Tatana Kellner’s work is rooted in social issues. She has been exhibited in numerous venues across USA, Canada and Europe, and she has had over 50 solo exhibitions. Recently, her work has been selected for inclusion in Hunterdon Museum, Art Alive (Delhi, India), Pen & Brush Gallery (NYC), KIPNZ Gallery (Walton, ny), Ringling School of Art (Sarasota, Fl), the Everson Museum, University of Albany Museum, Dorsky Museum, CEPA (Buffalo), Kentler International Drawing Space, Collar Works, (Troy, NY), New York Public Library, among many others.

Kellner is a co-founder and past artistic director of Women’s Studio Workshop.
In 2021 she was inducted into the Hall of Champions, North American Hand Papermakers. Kellner is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Creative Climate Award, the Puffin Foundation, Photographer’s Fund Award (CPW), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and many others.

Kellner has been awarded fellowship residencies at The MacDowell, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Light Work,Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall, I-Park, Millay Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Foundacion Valparaiso, Bogliasco Foundation, Siena Art Institute, Ucross, Haystack and Ragdale Foundation.

She was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to the USA in 1969.



au•gust art festival project

Tatana Kellner is creating an installation inspired by the Golden Rule, the single greatest, simplest, and most important moral axiom humanity has ever invented, one which reappears in the writings of almost every culture and religion throughout history. Using the text of the Golden Rule from 13 major religions and cultures, these dictums will come alive in white sand on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Throughout the day(s), as the trail is walked or biked upon, the text will slowly disperse, eventually disappearing, only to re-emerge in a different location on the trail the next day. With this work, Tatana hopes to inspire the passers-by to wonder and reflect on compassion and consider its place in our daily lives. This action will also serve as a metaphor for the unending quest to practice what we preach. It will remind us that the road we have to travel to reach this moral dictum is never ending.