Naomi Tarantal, an administrative secretary in Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is among 18 artists whose work is featured in ‘Collective,’ a multimedia art exhibit sponsored by the Union of Clerical, Administration & Technical Staff (UCATS) and NYU. Tarantal is a textile artist who works in the ancient medium of felting, combining wool, silk, and fabric along with found metal to create innovative art pieces, as well as hats, shawls, and jewelry, which appear under the label, ‘Sveltefelt.’ In keeping with the art’s nomadic roots, Tarantal has traversed the ‘Felt Road,’ traveling to Kyrgyzstan to attend the First International Felt Symposium, and most recently to Petäjävesi, Finland, where she studied and exhibited a shawl at an invitational exhibit. Her piece, ‘Licorice on the Lam,’ was part of ‘Fiber for the Future,’ an exhibit at the A.I.R. Gallery in Chelsea, New York, juried by Matilda McQuaid of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. A graduate of Steinhardt’s studio art program (BS, ’95), Tarantal is a member of the Textile Study Group of New York.
‘Collective,’ a collaboration between UCATS and NYU, is aimed at showcasing the talents of NYU union members and employees. Tarantal’s work can be seen in the first-floor windows of the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South. Art is also exhibited in the Kimmel Center’s Commuter Lounge Gallery on the 2nd floor and Stovall Family Gallery on the 8th floor.
Photo: ‘What the Arusticated Bear Done Wear,’ by
Naomi Tarantal; felted wool and found metal. Credit: D. James Dee.