Evelyne Tardy

Artist Statement: 
It is impossible for me to imagine a world in which art is not valued or appreciated. Art has always played a critical role in my life, nurtured lovingly by my parents and encouraged by my teachers. Art was a vehicle for me to relate the world, to express feelings I had no words for, and to provide me with a sense of self-esteem I so desperately needed when growing up. As an art teacher, I believe a successful art program provides students with the opportunity to engage in creative experiences, to find innovative solutions, to critically analyze artworks, and to take unique approaches to their work. The opportunity to deconstruct the visual world we live in should be fostered and explored in their work as well as providing an environment where imagination, personal expression, and differing opinions can be accepted and respected. As an artist, I seek to express myself primarily through line, shape and color. My mandalas are meant to convey a feeling of peace and to serve as a meditation tool. I am naturally attracted to bright, bold colors, and I work in acrylic paint, and watercolor paint. I also make metal, ceramic, and beaded jewelry, as well as stained glass pieces.
Bio / Description: 

I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Columbia College where I received my BS in Fine Art. Upon graduation I taught preschool, ages 3 and 4, for four years at the McGaw YMCA of Evanston. It was then that I realized I wanted to become an art teacher, so I enrolled in the graduate program at Illinois State University where I received my MS in Art Education and Art Therapy. Upon graduation, I worked in an Alzheimer's unit organizing art activities and therapy groups for one year. In 2004 I started teaching art to grades 9 – 12 at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, Illinois, where I am presently employed. I am in my ninth year of teaching, and recently received national certification. I have also been a member of the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association since 1998.

I currently show my paintings at Aroma Cafe in Champaign, Illinois, Beads and Botanicals in Urbana, Illinois, and at Po Boys BBQ restaurant also in Urbana, Illinois. I show my work regularly at Artists Against Aids, and have participated in shows held at Indi Go Gallery, The IMC, and at The Coffeehouse in Normal, Illnois.

Phone: 
(773) 259-4287