Tamryn McDermott

Tamryn McDermott

Tamryn McDermott

PhD Student, Arts Administration, Education, and Policy


231 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street

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Areas of Expertise

  • Visual Art Education
  • Fiber and Textiles (Studio Practice)
  • Art & Museum Installation Design
  • Public Art Program Design & Management


  • MFA, Fibers & Sculpture, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MA, Art History & Art Administration, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
  • BFA, Painting & Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Tamryn is a PhD student in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy program with a concentration in Art Education. Tamryn is an artist, educator, and arts administrator with experience in museums, schools, organizations, and universities. She is currently the Graduate Research Associate for the Kawsay Ukhunchay: Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection at Ohio State. Tamryn is also a Graduate Teaching Associate within AAEP and works as a university supervisor for pre-service art education students and teaches Introduction to Art Education within the department. Her research interests are in interdisciplinary and integrated learning within a higher education context.

Prior to arriving at Ohio State in fall 2020, she managed 9 temporary public art projects at Penn State University as part of the university's Campus Arts Initiative. Tamryn was the Traveling Exhibition Manager for Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, a contemporary and historic basketry exhibition that traveled to 9 venues across the US from 2017 - 2019. As an artist, Tamryn works with materials (silk, wax, wood, steel, hand-made paper, waxed linen) and history as a way to investigate how we apply meaning to objects to tell and re-tell stories about our past. She uses museum display practices to consider how objects are contextualized to create new meaning through juxtaposition and framing.

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