Originally from Bath, New York, and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Tara Conley lives and works in Houston, Texas. Conley is an artist known for her extraordinary knack of creating organic, yet original shapes from man-made materials whilst adding a sense of humor and wonder to the mix. Based on the collection of over 1400 phrases heard aloud, Conley has produced neon and cast bronze phrases in curvilinear script, which hang a few inches from the wall and cast a shadow, like an echo of the voice once heard.
Exhibited from Seattle to Massachusetts, Houston to New York including her first museum show at the Houston Museum of African American Culture. In 2011 she and artist Joe Barrington completed the largest public art commission from Texas Tech University for the Rawls College of Business Administration. Thirty-three of Conley's phrases, an indoor sculpture of steel and towering 14-foot stainless steel outdoor sculpture have been commissioned by the city of Huston.