Join us this coming First Friday, August 4th (6pm-9pm) to meet local artist, Georgia Tardy!
Tardy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to a family of artists. In 1999, she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend the Kendall College of Art and Design. While obtaining her BFA, she made a name for herself with her lifelike sketches and soulful paintings.
Tardy’s art came to embody the vision articulated by artist and painter Jeffrey Smart, who stated, “It’s not a matter of painting life, it’s a matter of giving life to painting.” Soon after graduation, she captured the attention of world-renowned artist, Paul Collins. Tardy interned with Collins for over a year. Tardy has since held instructor positions at the Kendall College of Art and Design as well as the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and UICA.
In 2012 Tardy was one of 9 artists selected to participate in the Hope Equals Artist Residency in Israel and Palestine. While there she learned from and created with Israeli and Palestinian artists, exploring culture through the lens of various art forms. In 2013 Tardy was a speaker at TEDx Macatawa in Holland, Michigan and in 2016 she participated in her first international exhibition as a participant in the Tokyo International Art Fair.
Check out her website! https://georgiatardyart.wordpress.com/