Born in Michigan, USA, 1948.
Landed Immigrant: 1967-2007 / Canadian Citizen 2007
University of Toronto Scarborough, Senior Lecturer and Program Supervisor
University of Toronto, Master of Visual Studies, Graduate Supervisor
University of Toronto Graduate Advisor, Master of Visual Studies
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
Vermont College of Norwich University, graduate supervisor
Performance Art: Recent and Selected Pieces
Made in Canada, 10th International Open Festival, Beijing, China (August)
In Dulci Jubilo, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden (April/May)
6 Images in Search of an Artist, Performagia, Mexico City (May)
6 Images in Search of an Artist, Infr’Action, Sète, France (September)
6 Images in Search of an Artist, Live Action, Goteborg, Sweden (October)
6 Images in Search of an Artist, ArtContact, Helsinki (October)
6 Images in Search of an Artist, Galerie BWA, Bialsko-Biala, Poland (December)
In Pursuit of Happiness, Live! Performance Art Biannual, Vancouver (October)
Life is Rocky, La-Bas, International Festival of Performance Art, Helsinki, Finland (May)
r(Age) Defying Gravity, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (January)
In Pursuit of Happiness, Nuit Blanche, Toronto. (September)
r(Age) Defying Gravity, Valparaiso, Chile, part of the PuertoPerfo International Congress of Performance Art; and at The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, as part of the opening night at The Toronto Alternative Art Fair. (Novmber)
Tolerance, endurance performance at the Drake Hotel w/Louise Liliefeldt, Toronto. (October)
r(Age) Defying Gravity, The Power Plant Powerball, Toronto. (June)
Tyranny of Bliss, 7 hour endurance performance with 30 performers, Toronto (FADO) Queen’s Park; Hamilton (Art Gallery of Hamilton). (June)
My Dinner with Woofie, part of Alphagirls, an interactive DVD performance project directed and produced by Midi Onodera. At Interaccess, Toronto, December 2001. (and project consultant). (December)
Archeology of Performance: The Performance Art Starter Kit a lecture/performance on the history of contemporary Canadian performance art. (Toronto, Vancouver, Sackville, Regina)
Hot, a 24 hour endurance performance dealing with the issue of women, love and aging. (Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg)
Solo exhibition of performance curated by Barbara Fischer at the Power Plant, Toronto, 1990. Pure Hell, the synthesis of the “Pure Series” on the condition of women and power in contemporary culture. (Pure Virtue, 1984; Pure Sin, 1987; Pure Nonsense, 1987).
First performance in 1974, Codpieces: Phallic Paraphernalia at Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal. Since that time, have performed at least one performance a year, alone or in collaboration with such artists as Odette Oliver, Johanna Householder, Rina Fraticelli, Bob White, Paul Ledoux.
Inter-arts Travel Grant for Beijing, China
Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts
Canada Council International Artist Residency, Paris, France
Artist of the Year, Untitled Arts Awards (Toronto)
Travel grant to Puerto-Perfo Festival, Valparaiso, Chile, Inter-Arts
Chalmers Award/Tyranny of Bliss. Canada Council Inter-arts creation grant.
Ontario Arts council, senior artist grant
have received grants/awards from The Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and a Chalmers Award for Innovation in Collaboration (with Rina Fraticelli) in 1981.
Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars, ed. Paul Couillard. FADO: Toronto+DVD
Pure Hell, Exhibition Catalogue, The Power Plant, Toronto. Curator, Barabara Fischer.
Alphagirls, director Midi Onodera. Website and DVD project including My Dinner with Woofie, an Interactive DVD performance.
Recent Exhibitions (2-Dimensional Works & Video)
Where She’s At, group show. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Video projection.
Untitled, group show. Alliance Française, Toronto. Curated by Bill Huffman as part of the Bill Huffman award to an emerging artist at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. With Louise Liliefeldt and Tej Ajji.
Untitled Arts Awards, group show. Gallery 1313, Toronto. Performance and documentation in group show of all 2005 Arts Awards winners.
Dec. 2003/Jan. 2004
Hot. Installation and performance. Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston.
Video Productions (in numerous screenings and collections)
The Granny Suites, Part 1: Happy Birthday to You. Video projection.
7 Deadly Sins/7 Deadly Virtues. 1 hour. Colour.
Hot! 10 minutes. Colour.
Mz. Frankenstein. Western Front, Vancouver, 15:30 minutes, colour, stereo. Performed and directed by Tanya Mars. Adapted from performance of the same name.
Pure Sin, 20 minutes, 3/4″, colour. Written and produced by Tanya Mars. Adapted from Pure Sin, the performance.
Pure Virtue, 15 minutes, 3/4″ colour. Written, produced and directed by Tanya Mars.
Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian Women, co-edited with Johanna Householder. YYZ books. (including article: “Not Just for Laughs: women, performance and humour.”)
Cover, Art Journal, Journal of the College Art Association, NYC. summer issue.
“Pure Virtue,”performance script, in n. paradoxa: international feminist art journal, volume 5, 2000, London, England. Ed. Katy Deepwell. pp. 13-16.
“Archaeology of Performance,” in Live at the End of the Century, a book on performance art activity in British Columbia, Ed. Brice Canyon. [To be translated into Spanish and re-printed in 2009 in Mexico City.]
“Personal Reflections on Blood Bath,” in Canadian Theatre Review, spring 1996, No. 86.
Artist’s work in C Magazine, 2 pages
Editor of Parallelogramme magazine (ANNPAC)
Editor, Spaces by Artists, book published by The Association of National Non-Profit Artist-Run Centres (ANNPAC/RACA)
Selected Curatorial Projects and Workshops
Eye Level Gallery, Radicals/artist talk, (May upcoming)
National Review of Live Art, Artist talk, Glasgow, Scotland (February)
Theatre Academy, workshop and artist talk, Helsinki, Finland
Galerie Meijelska, workshop and artist talk, Wroclaw, Poland
2008 2006 2004 2002, 2000, 1998:
7a*11d festival of International Performance Art, curator/ collective member
Helped organize retrospective exhibition at WARC (Women’s Art Resource Centre Toronto).
Participant: “symposium of performance art presenters”, Vancouver
2-day workshop, Syracuse University, New York
Curator, 4 performance artists at Powerhouse/La Centrale, Montreal
Juries, assessment panels for multi-disciplinary and performance work at the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Explorations, Toronto Arts Council
Selected Professional Affiliations
Board of Directors, Art Metropole, Toronto
Vice-Chair, Board, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough
7a*11d Performance Art Collective
FADO, performance collective
Absolute Choice Collective, with Nina Czegledy and Johanna Householder
Artist Member, AGO & Artist Member, The Power Plant
College Art Association of Canada
Ad hoc member of the Board of ANNPAC/RACA & 1994 Animating Team, ANNPAC/ARN
Member, Women’s Cultural Building, Toronto
Member, Board of Directors, A Space, Toronto
Member Performance Committee, A Space, Toronto
Founding Member/Director, Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal (1974-1978)