Tamara Wasserman

Tamara Wasserman

OAK PARK, IL, United States

About Tamara Wasserman

My recent work combines observation with emotion.
It leaves out numerous details of faithful observation, keeping just the laconic and the striking, stripping the rest off, so the intense emotion finds its free abstracted expression.

Tamara was born in Riga, Latvia, and raised in Israel where she graduated from the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Tamara is a visual artist, performer and thinker. Her work is in private collections in the US, Israel, Switzerland and England. Tamara has exhibited in galleries of New York City, Chicago, Boston, Tel-Aviv, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tamara’s studio is at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Artistic influences include: Jackson Pollock,Paul Gauguin, and Edvard Munch, as well as early Surrealism and DaDa.


Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, 1987


July 17 - Opening Reception of SUMMER INVITATIONAL at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
October 31, 2019
Representedby Oliva Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
November 1st, 2019: "THIRST" Opening Reception, 6pm-9pm, Eat Paint Studio and Gallery, Chicago, USA
July15 - July 21, KENOSHA LIGHTHOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY, Kenosha, Wisconsin, www.kenoshalighthousestudio.com
May 17, 2019, "What's behind this door?" Opening Reception at Oliva Gallery, Chicago USA
April 14th, 2018, 5pm- 8pm,The Opening Reception for STRANGER THAN FICTION, BG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
January 4th, 2017, Opening Reception: Blues Show, The Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

July 1, 2016, Opening Reception: Real American,
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, annarborartcenter.org

June 17, 2016, Opening Reception:
Dialogue Chicago: Full Force
Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, USA,

Fall 2015 - Winter 2016
Featured Artist at the "Great Frame-up" in Oak Park, Illinois
3rd Friday Open Studio at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago.
I am usually around and open to discussions 7pm -10pm on 3rd Fridays of every moth. Please stop by!
2013 “The Geometry of Becoming a Puppet”, work in progress, performed at the Nasty, Brutish and Short Puppet Cabaret at Links Hall, Chicago
2012 “Window, Night, Winter” performed at the Elastic Arts Center in Chicago


Jan. - Febr. 2021
Juried exhibition honoring the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Stola Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
Sept. - Nov. 2020
Curated Group Show at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago.
Curator Marci Rubin
June - September 2020
MUSIC UNITES US on display in Oak Park Public Library's window in support of BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement
July 17 - Sept. 3
SUMMER INVITATIONAL Group Exhibition at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
Dec. 2109 -Jan.2020
Elephant Room Gallery 10th Anniversary exhibition
November 2019: THIRST, 3 artist exhibition at Eat Paint Studio and Gallery, Chicago
May 2019: WHAT'S BEHIND THIS DOOR, a SOLO exhibition at Oliva Gallery, Chicago
Summer 2018: Stories of the Body, a group exhibition at THEATRE Y, CHICAGO
April 14 -May 1, 2018: STRANGER THAN FICTION, a group exhibition at the BG GALLERY, Santa Monica, California
September 28 - October 20, 2017: WOMEN AND ANGER: RESISTANCE, POWER, AND INSPIRATION, a group show at the Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL USA
March - May 2017: PAPER ARTS, a group show exploring the medium of paper, Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, USA
January 2017: The Blues Exhibition, at the Elephant Rooom Galery, Chicago, USA,
July - August 2016:Real American,
Featured artist, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, annarborartcenter.org
June-August 2016
Dialogue Chicago: Full Force
Group exhibition at Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, USA
August 2015
Artist of the Day on Saatchiart.com
2014 “Because Art” Anysquared curated group exhibition at the Hairpin Art Center, Chicago.
2014 Finalist for the Bridgeport Art Center Annual Art Competition and exhbition. BAC Gallery, March 8th –April 18th
Artist for the“Telephone Project”; an international art game that creates a chain of interpretions of one art medium into another.
2012 CWCA Women History Month Exhibition, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago
2011 BALLOU & YOU exhibition, for the Chicago Artist Month 2011. Curator and participating artist, Chicago, USA
2011 Artist of “Art-Hive”, as presented by Phantom Gallery of Chicago, Milwaukee Ave. Art Festival. Created an award-winning mixed media artwork with audience participation.
2011 “Sanctuaries in Time”; National Juried Exhibition of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City
2010 “No Place Like Home”; a juried group exhibition of women art at the Koehnline Museum of Art (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)
Oct. - Nov.2009
Down to There: Women and Their Relationship to Hair; a juried group exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)
October 2009
Chicago Revisionists: History, Memory and Dreams group show at the Phantom Gallery, Chicago
September 2009
Featured Member Artist on the Women Caucus for the Art website,
2009 The Little Black Book juried group exhibition, showcasing the artistic process from sketches to finished artwork, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York, http://www.stacarts.org
May 15, 2009
rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change, The Art Lounge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 - 2009
The Healing Power of Art; an online juried exhibition, the Excellence Award,
2008 A solo exhibition at the Bankoff Gallery of the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph Valley in South Bend, Indiana
2008 Group show at the Durstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor