Lumonics, founded by Dorothy Tanner (1923-2020) and Mel Tanner (1925-1993), is among the earliest and longest-running light art studios in the United States, originating in 1967. The studio continues after the passing of Dorothy Tanner this past July.
“Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or leave in shadow that which we believe to be real.”
“The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly and irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse–the rest gets underway by just playing.” – Dorothy Tanner
Dorothy Tanner was born in The Bronx, NY. She attended the Educational Alliance, Jefferson School of Social Science, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Her instructors included Chaim Gross, Gabor Peterdi, and Milton Hebald. While experimenting with many materials in her career, Dorothy found plexiglass to be the most rewarding. It is a material that she would sculpt, paint, sandblast, bake and shape. Light is an intrinsic element of the art form.
Dorothy Tanner was the recipient of the Mayor’s Arts & Culture Innovation Award for the City and County of Denver, “presented to an individual or organization that is breaking new ground in the arts and whose contribution to innovation in the arts has been significant.”
Dorothy also founded the Lumonics School of Light Art to teach the next generation of light artists. Long-time associate Marc Billard is the instructor and artisan of the limited editions.
Her exhibits and installations include the Museum of Outdoor Arts, McNichols Civic Center Building, Lakewood Cultural Center, Thornton Arts & Culture Center, Denver International Airport, Loveland Sculpture Invitational, and the Coral Springs Museum.
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