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Artist Statement


My focus is to raise awareness for habitat conservation and how the habitat directly impacts the diversity of species found in the environment.  I do this by illustrating birds that we see everyday as well as lesser known species found on the Minnesota's DNR's "Species of Special Concern" list.  I hope to raise awareness for the need of native habitat for the entire health of a community.  


I do this by giving the birds their identity by teaching the audience who they are seeing by introducing the name of the species.  Once someone knows a name they will be able to pick that bird out in a crowd.  They will learn to notice them when they are around but also miss them when they are gone.  


I also hope to tie the connection between shared lands of the species that migrate.  What we do in Minnesota will impact the numbers that those who see them in Mexico, Brazil, Canada and everywhere in between.  Also, how they treat their native habitats will impact the numbers we see in Minnesota.  Our lands are connected.  


In my "Species of Special Concern" series I will identify part of the population decline with pencil and grays.  I want it to be something people can't help but see.  To create a separation with the species, to amplify the problem.  However I do it in pencils because we can "erase" the problem.  We still have many opportunities to ensure the health and vitality of our habitat and the wildlife found within.



Artist CV




2024 January    Group Exhibition, 7th International Sea Duck Conference Art Gallery, Virtual

2023 August         Group Exhibition, People and the Planet, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

2023 April - May     Solo Exhibition, Species of Special Concern, MontiArts, Monticello, MN

2022 November     Group Exhibition, Trail Mix, St. Germaine, Saint Cloud, MN

2022 June,    Solo Exhibition, 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial, Art Reach Mobile Lab; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

2022 May - June    Group Exhibition, Birds, Trees, River Consideration of the Environment; Stillwater, MN

2022 April - may     Solo Exhibition, Species of Special Concern, Great River Arts; Little Falls, MN

2022 January     Group Exhibition, 5th Biennial Wings & Water, Sauk Prairie River Arts Center; Prairie du Sac, WI

2021 September     Group Exhibition, Wild Together, Rumriver Art Center Gallery; Anoka, MN

2021 August        Group Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair Art Gallery, Minnesota State Fair; St. Paul, MN

2021 August        Group Exhibition, 29th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Macrostie Gallery; Grand Rapids, MN

2021 June - July     Group Exhibition, Salute to the Arts 2021, Crossing Art Alliance; Brainerd, MN

2021 April - May    Group Exhibition, A New Day Dawning: A Celebration of Spring; Rumriver Art Center, Anoka, MN


3rd place People’s Choice Award, Rumriver Art Gallery

4th place, Minnesota State Fair



Sax Zim Bóg marketing campaign


"Conversatios with Tanya Piatz" VoyageMinnesota, March 30,  2023

Bergren, Sheila.  "Wildlife artist exhibits at GRA" Morrison County Record, April 2022

Garrison, Brian. "Otter Pottage, Proprietor of the Hodge Podge Lodge" (Tanya Piatz) December 2021

Butler, Christopher J. "Estimates of breeding location for 4 mesic prairie bird species wintering along the Gulf Coast"(Tanya Piatz) The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Volume 133, Number 2, June 2021


2023 August        Individual Artist Week, Oberholtzer Foundation; International Falls, MN

2021 June    Individual Artist Week, Oberholtzer Foundation; International Falls, MN

2021 February - May    Monticello Arts Initiative Residency;  MontiArts, Monticello, MN

Upcoming Exhibits

2024 April - May    Solo Exhibition, TBT; Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery, Grand Marias, MN

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