Tanya Crane is a Southern California native living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Crane’s work embodies the many layers of human existence. These include history, race, class and culture. Coming from the perspective of an African American woman, she uses community and inclusiveness as a magnetic beacon to diversify and expand ideas, understandings and codifications.
Crane was the 2018 SNAG Emerging Artist selected to present at SOFA Chicago, the 2017 recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, a Haystack Mountain School Artist Residency 2017 recipient, and a participant in the Smitten Forum Metalsmithing Residency at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico 2018. She exhibited her work in a solo exhibition, Tributaries: Polarity, Exposing the Tensity, at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Crane's work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Stewart Program for Modern Design in Montreal, Canada and the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.