Tamryn McDermott

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Tamryn McDermott

University Fellow



  • 2015, MFA, The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • 2005, MA, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1998, BFA, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Tamryn is a PhD student in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy program with a concentration in Art Education. Tamryn is an artist, educator, and arts administrator with experience in museums, schools, organizations, and universities. Most recently she managed 9 temporary public art projects at Penn State University as part of the university's Campus Arts Initiative. Tamryn was the Traveling Exhibition Manager for Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, a contemporary and historic basketry exhibition that traveled to 9 venues across the US from 2017 - 2019. As an artist, Tamryn works with materials (silk, wax, wood, steel, hand-made paper, waxed linen) and history as a way to investigate how we apply meaning to objects to tell and re-tell stories about our past. She is interested in arts-based research, interdisciplinary education, higher education art curriculum development, and professional practices for artists.

Fun fact: Tamryn had the opportunity to be a part of an archaeological survey team on the island of Crete when she was working on her master's in art history. She has actively sought out dig volunteer opportunities wherever she lives ever since. Her most recent experience was at the pre-Columbian Native American city of Cahokia Mounds in Illinois.