About the Artist
Native to Baltimore city Tamara Payne is an alumnus of the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. After studying Fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York City, she returned to Baltimore to earn her BFA degree in 1994 majoring in painting with a minor in ceramic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Upon graduating, Tamara worked as an art educator in the Baltimore City Public School System from 1999-2008. Having an innate passion for humanity she’s been involved in foreign missions since 2004, participating in beautification projects while painting murals in poverty stricken communities in South Africa, The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Tamara decided to pursue her own community-based art making full-time in 2008. In the summer of 2011 she earned her Masters of Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently working with youth while partnering with school communities and community organizations to work on future community arts based projects.