Martha Tabor

Biographical Information

I have been free-lancing as a photographer since 1979. In 1986 I started working intensively at screenprinting, studying first with Dennis O'Neil at the Corcoran School of Art, then teaching screenprinting at the Corcoran and at the Women's Studio Workshop and Pyramid Atlantic. In 1990 I started making sculptural pieces and assemblages out of natural materials. I now work in several different mediums. I am a member of Impact Visuals, a photographer's cooperative in New York City.

My background is somewhat unusual in that, before I started working seriously in art in 1977, I worked in a number of other areas - teaching in a community college (literature and writing), working with Federal government economic development grant programs, union organizing in both white collar and blue collar situations, and also working directly in heavy construction (welding and structural steel work). All of this adds up to a somewhat different background.

I have received individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (photography), the D.C. Commission for Arts and Humanities (photography, sculpture), the Visuals Studies Workshop, and from the Swedish Government (photography). I have had artist's residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Studios Midwest, and Blue Mountain Center. My work has been widely exhibited and reproduced in a variety of publications. I hold at M.A. in Photography from the Goddard Graduate Program and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland.