tarah douglas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is primarily centered around photography and fiber works. Her work is conceptually motivated, grappling with notions of identity, race, gender, class and its relationship to space through the lens of ritual and language. tarah holds a B.F.A from University of Michigan. She currently resides in Newark, NJ.


b.1992 Oakland, CA


2021 mfa in photography, yale university school of art, new haven, ct
2014 BFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2013 Semester Abroad, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, India
2012 Community Engagement, Nungua, Ghana

professional experience

2019   Gallery Director, Project for Empty Space, Newark, NJ
2018       Social Media Consultant, Express Newark, Newark, NJ                                              
2017 Social Media Consultant, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2015 PR Assistant, ESP PR INC, New York, NY                       


2019 narrative threads, project for empty space, newark, nj
2018 Perspective Lens: This is Amerika, Newark Arts Festival, Newark, NJ
Harlem Postcards: Wish You Were Here, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY
The Sister Show, The Hosting, Ann Arbor, MI
2017 studies of jahyne, Harlem School of the Arts,  Harlem, NY (solo)
2016 Viral: 25 Years from Rodney King, Bettiono, Oakland, CA
2015 Art In the Public Eye: What’s All the Fuss?, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
Evocation: Works and Projects, Dejavu Gallery, New York, NY
2014 WOMYN, BFA Thesis Exhibition, SH’aut Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2013 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
BFA IP Thesis Exhibition, Slusser Lounge, Ann Arbor, MI


2019 stoneleaf retreat residency, kingston, ny
2018 Express Newark Third Space Grant, Visiting Artist & Curator Residencies for Shine Portrait Studio
2014 Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies, University of Michigan
2013 Barbara & Dorothy Heers Memorial Award, University of Michigan

commissions + collaborative projects

2019 daysmissingu backdrop series, Shine Portrait Studio, Express Newark, Newark, NJ (forthcoming)
point of triangulation, michelle c jones, right of return, nyu, new york, ny (forthcoming)
face(s), yard concept, new york, ny
a womb of violet: an anthology, fayemi shakur, project for empty space feminist incubator, project for empty space,
newark, nj
2018 Deborah Willis: In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond, Kalia Brooks Nelson,
Shine Portrait Studio, Express Newark, Newark, NJ

press + publications

2019 a medium between a thought and a feeling: an interview with tarah douglas, Christina McCausland, Columbia Journal
how they bleed & with or without, a womb of violet: an anthology, fayemi shakur, project for empty space
2018 studies of jahyne, Homie House Press (published portrait series)
2017 Harlem School of the Arts, Once Shuttered and in Debt, Now Dreams Big, Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times
2016 untitled & /sa/, #BlackLivesMatter: The LP Community Responds, The Laundromat Project


Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, NY, Public Collection
South Orange, NJ, Private Collection

related experiences

2019 the convening, art on the vine, edgartown, mv
2018 studies of jahyne, Book Signing, Homie House Press, New York Art Book Fair, MOMA PS1, Queens, NY
studies of jahyne, Book Release & Signing, Ode To Babel, Brooklyn, NY
studies of jahyne, Book Release, Independent Art Book Fair, Los Angeles, CA