Born in St. Paul, Minnesota

Home is Scottsdale, Arizona

Theresa Tarara is a fine art photographer. She studied at The University of Arizona in Tucson, majoring in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography, and completed her BFA in Photography at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

To create her photographs she uses an iPhone and a digital Pentax KS2, in addition to analogue methods using vintage Polaroid, 35mm Olympus OM1 and Argus CS3 cameras.










2002 BFA Photography, Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ

1985 BS Computer Science, DeVry Institute of Technology, Phoenix, AZ             

1978-80 University of Arizona, Studied Photography/Studio Art, Tucson, AZ                 



2016 10th Annual Color Awards, Americana, Professional, Nominee

2016  L.A. Photo Curator, ROOTS, Honorable Mention, Juror: Susan Spiritus

2016  9th Annual International Color Awards, Professional, Still Life, Honorable Mention, and Nominee

2014  7th Annual International Color Awards, Professional, Fine Art, Nominee

2014  9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards, Professional, Abstract, Nominee

2013   5th Edition, Julia Margaret Cameron Single Image Award, Fine Art, Nominee

2012   7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards, Amateur, Still Life, Nominee

Solo Exhibitions

1998   Imaginative Truths, Scottsdale Community College Library

Group Exhibitions

2017   Taking Care, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis MN, Jurors: Terry Gydesen, Tom Baker

2017   Process Alternative, Light Leaked,Jurors: Claire A. Warden, David Emitt Adams

2017   No Strangers, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ, Juror: Alan Fitzgerald

2016   Next Level, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ

2015   Favorite Photographs of 2015, LENSCRATCH, Juror: Aline Smithson

2015   Still Life, The Inanimate Subject, Minneapolis Photo Center, Juror: Russel Joslin

2013   All Art Arizona, Art Intersection, Juror: Carol Panaro-Smith, James Hajicek

2013   Backyard, LENSCRATCH, Juror: Aline Smithson

2013   Creatures, Kiernan Gallery, VA, Juror: Anne Berry

2013   Favorite Photographs, LENSCRATCH, Juror: Aline Smithson

2012   Annual Silent Auction, Art Intersection

2012   Still Life:The Art of Arrangement, Kiernan Gallery, VA, Juror: Jason Landry


Exhibition Catalogues

2015   Still Life, The Inanimate Subject, Minneapolis Photo Center,  MN

2013   Creatures, Exhibition Catalogue Vol. XV, Blurb Books, The Kiernan Gallery, VA               

2012   Still Life: The Art of Arrangement, Exhibition Catalogue Vol. X, Blurb Books,The Kiernan Gallery, VA