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Artist Bio

Amenda Tate is an Interdisciplinary Artist with a background in fine art and metalsmithing. She is an Iowa Creative Incubator Fellow and a 2019 - 2020 Iowa Arts Council Fellow. Her current focus is the Manibus Project in which dance is translated into painted works of art. Her work utilizes scientific and aesthetic processes to address topics such as identity, individuality, longevity, and the culture of social interaction in our digital era. Her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the US.

Tate worked as an Artist-In-Residence with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, and Ballet Des Moines.  Her works have been featured by various media outlets including The New York Times, WHO-TV Channel 13 News, the Denver Post, the book Art Jewelry Today 2, the Des Moines Register, Better Homes & Gardens, dsm Magazine, and Popular Science.  Special honors include a permanent collection commission by Arrow Electronics in conjunction with Cherry Arts and the Colorado Ballet, two Editor’s Choice Awards at the New York International Maker Faire, and special recognition award in the 2017 International RobotArt competition. She was awarded a 2020 project grant by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Artist Statement

I am an Interdisciplinary Artist using both scientific and aesthetic processes. I create work that explores movement, our relationship to technology, and the understanding of what it means to be human including the ways in which "humanness" can be denied. I use custom-designed technology, traditional mediums, and social interactions to foster connection. My work encourages audiences to think critically about their relationship to one another in a vast and ubiquitous digital world.

My work explores how participatory art can cross societal divides, break down barriers and increase empathy through tangible and embodied interactions.  Through imagination, curiosity, and courage, we can increase our self-awareness to grow introspectively and consciously thereby enabling us to better understand the experiences of others. I conduct happenings/events that encourage public participation in the performative and improvisational creation of collaborative artwork as a means to explore social structures and confirm connections to being emotionally intelligent humans.

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2002                BFA – Metropolitan State University of Denver, Magna Cum Laude

                        Denver, CO          Jewelry/Metalsmithing 

2000-01           Bench Jeweler/Apprentice, Todd Reed, Metal Artist

                        Boulder, CO     Jewelry fabrication, repair, soldering, metal forming

1994-98           Iowa State University (ISU)

                        Ames, IA           Mechanical Engineering, Jewelry/Metalsmithing 


2021  Upcoming Solo Exhibition, The Octagon Art Center, Ames, IA
2020  Amenda Tate, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA
2020  Memento, OL Guild, West Des Moines, IA
2020  Art at the Museum, State Historical Building, Des Moines, IA
2019  Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition, Governor’s Office, Iowa Capitol                                                           
2019  Tracing Time, Artistry MN, Bloomington, MN
2018  Larry Mendenhall & Amenda Tate, Urbandale Library Gallery, Urbandale, IA 
2018  Abstract Energy & Kinectic Verve, St John’s Gallery, Des Moines, IA
2018  Manibus: Vestiges of Movement, Iowa State Memorial Union, Ames, IA
2018  Emotional Traces, Oskaloosa Art Center, Oksaloosa, IA
2017  Manibus:Ballet, Innovation, Fine Art, Mars Cafe, Des Moines, IA
2017  Artist-In-Residence Showcase, Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
2017  Ballet DM Residency Exhibition, Moxie, Des Moines, IA


2020  F/Stop, Polk County Heritage Gallery
2020  A Century of Robots from Capek to Now, National Czech Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA
2020  “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, site: West Des Moines, IA
2020  Art Week Film Festival, Catherine Rinehart Studio, Ames, IA
2020  Faculty Exhibition, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2019  Candid Shots, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS
2019  6th Annual Abstract Catalyst, Verum Ultimum, Portland, OR
2019  Iowa Exhibited XXXIV, Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA
2019  Artist Designed Mini Golf, Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA
2019  Index to a Place, Design on Main, Ames, IA
2018  Iowa Artists, Dickinson Law, Des Moines, IA
2017  Visible/Invisible, Oskaloosa Art Center, Oskaloosa, IA
2017  Arrow Five Years Out, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO 
2017  Iowa Exhibited XXXII, Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA
2017  Departure Theory, H Gallery, Ventura, CA
2017  DUMA Biennial, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque IA


2020  Meet the Artists, Virtual, Iowa Arts Council
2019  Witching Hour Festival, Iowa City with StaxPresents
2019  Central Campus, Tech Journey Lecture
2019  Drake University, Visiting Artist lecture
2018  Iowa State University, Visiting Artist workshop, Industrial Design
2018  Science Center of Iowa, Lecture and demo for SCI Girls Tech 
2018  Science Center of Iowa, Featured Maker Lecture at Maker Faire


2021  Sapient 2.021, Video Art Performance, IA
2020  Sapient, National Czech Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA
2019  Screaming Silence Live, GDM Partnership Annual Dinner, Des Moines, IA
2019  Manibus Participatory Happening, Iowa Culture Gala, Des Moines, IA 
2019  Weather Report Live with Ed Wilson, WHO-TV Channel 13 News, IA
2019  Des Moines Mini Maker Faire, Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
2019  Blast! Live Dance-Painting, Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
2019  Manibus Participatory Happening, Art Week Fitch Studios, Des Moines, IA
2019  Festival of Personal Geographies, Design on Main, Ames, IA
2019  Participatory Dance-Painting, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2018  Paul Simon Farewell Tour Party, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
2018  World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
2018  Manibus Happening Event, Iowa State Pioneer Room, Ames, IA


2019  Iowa Arts Council Fellowship
2018  Two Editor’s Choice Awards, World Maker Faire
2017  Special Recognition Award – International RobotArt Competition
2017  City Sounds Public Piano Project Artist 
2017  Arrow Art Challenge Five Years Out Finalist,


2019  Art Beacon Digital, Des Moines, IA
2018  New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills, MN
2017  Area 515 Makerspace, Des Moines, IA
2017  Ballet Des Moines, Des Moines, IA


Arrow Electronics Innovation Collection, Centennial, CO


  • E.E. Jacks, Apero Fine Art Catalogue, October 2020. 60-61.

  • Victoria Burnett, “A Homecoming of Good Fortune for an Artist’s Pile of Cookies,” The New York Times, June 12, 2020. online 

  • Sophie Bushwick, “Maker Faire 2018 Preview: Eight Amazing Displays to Check Out,” Popular Science, Sept 17, 2018. online

  • Alexander Gray, “Amenda Tate and her Dance-Painting Robot,” Iowa State Daily, August 31, 2018. 1&12. 

  • Shelly Ragen, “Corso Exhibit Merges Art and Science,” The Oskaloosa Herald, Oskaloosa, IA, Mar 6, 2018.1&3A.

  • “Modern Makers: Meet Amenda Tate Corso,” Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Video Feature, Aug 4, 2017. online 

  • Brianne Sanchez, “To Boldly Go: Artists Push Themselves and Their Work in New Directions,” dsm Magazine, Des Moines, IA, Mar/Apr 2018. 115-123. 

  • Courtney Crowder, “Tiny Robot Ballerina Glides into Des Moines,” The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA. 1&5A

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