Tanya Hartman came of age in New York City, where she attended The Brearley School. Large portions of her childhood were also spent in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in London, England.
She was educated at The Rhode Island School Of Design, where she obtained a BFA in Painting in 1987. Between 1992-1994 she was a graduate student in Painting at Yale University. After her graduation from Yale (MFA/Painting, 1994) she was a Fulbright Scholar in Stockholm, Sweden. She now teaches painting and drawing at the University of Kansas where she is a Professor in the Department of Visual Art.
She is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Her exhibitions have been favorably reviewed in The Pitch, in the Kansas City Star, and in Review magazine. She has also exhibited at The Center for Book Arts and at A.I.R Gallery, both in New York City.
Her selected awards include participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2015 (Humanities in the Public Square Program, "Engaging Communities for the Common Good: Stories About Migration), Ucross Foundation (2014), Jentel Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation (summer 2012), an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Rocket Grant (2012), two Puffin Foundation Grants (2011 and 2001), semi finalist for Creative Capital (2011), a Lighton International Artist’s Exchange Grant (2010), A Keeler Family Intra-University Fellowship (2009), three Hall Center Creative Work Fellowships (2012 most recently), two Virginia Center For Creative Arts Fellowships (2010 and 2001), a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship (2010), and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to pursue post-graduate studies in painting and printmaking at the Konsthogskollan, in Stockholm, Sweden (1994-1995).
Her critical writing on art has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Temporary Art Review and in Ceramics Art and Perception Magazine.
She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband Eric and two high-spirited canines.