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   The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

First Place Award of Excellence

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

2021 Online International Summer Exhibition

July 8, 2021 through August 8, 2021

JUROR:  Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs,
The San Diego Museum of Art

Congratulations to our

Award of Excellence Winner 

Tanmaya Bingham

Tanmaya was awarded first place for her colored pencil artwork 


About Tanmaya:

Based in Portland, Tanmaya has exhibited internationally and nationally in venues from Santa Fe to Hong Kong, Sydney, and Berlin. She has been featured in numerous publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, New American Paintings, Artnet, Hi-Fructose, and Vogue.

Most recently, Bingham has been selected as a finalist in the Bennett Prize, the largest art award dedicated to solely figurative female painters, for her series Sexy Loud. Tanmaya’s artwork is hand-drawn and painted and the realistic elements are primarily rendered in colored pencil while the abstracted elements are typically painted with acrylic. The portrayal of her subjects is a direct reflection of her fascination with the human condition. People and animals are often the focal point of the work and act as a beacon of familiarity for the viewer. They are frequently placed within a context that is otherworldly with an oblique or unusual frame of reference. It is through these exaggerated renditions of life that she has cultivated her own unique and captivating style.

Academically, Tanmaya has a Bachelor of Arts from Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA, and a Master of Fine Arts, from the Australian National University, Canberra. 

She knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist and from that day forward she was obsessed with art. This love was further nurtured by the art community Santa Fe, NM, where she spent most of her formative years.

A few of her major juried exhibits include: 

2020-21-Bennett Prize 2.0 Finalist 2021- and traveling exhibition throughout the US until early July of 2023

2019- BBA Artist Prize, 1st place, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2016- New American Paintings No. 126

2012- New American Paintings No. 102

About Ernest:

The artwork Ernest is of my dear friend and fellow artist @theartsassin. Everyone always asks "what is the black solid shape supposed to mean?" Here is the story: when he and I met to take source photos, he told me about his friend in Nigeria who found an abandoned weak baby black panther which his friend rescued and kept hidden from his family in their barn. My friend visited his friend often to play with the panther and over a span of time his friend nursed this amazing cat back to health and when it became too big he released it back to the wild. Originally, I was going to include the panther in the work and even got as far as doing some under drawings of the panther…..and because of other connotations chose to just make it a black void which he loves and cares for.

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