“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.” While experimenting with many media in her career, Dorothy has found plexiglas to be the most rewarding. It is a material that she will sculpt, paint, sandblast, bake and shape. Some are wall sculptures, some free-standing or mobiles, while others are water sculptures. Light is an intrinsic element of the art form. LEDs have been the primary source of lighting the works since 2002. Dorothy Tanner is the 2018 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 in 2018.” Following Dorothy’s site-specific installation in 2018, the Lumonics Mind Spa, in the landmark McNichols Building in Civic Center Park , Denver, she founded the Lumonics School of Light Art. The School offers an innovative hands-on approach to learning light art, and was awarded Westword’s Best of Denver 2019.

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