Tamara Scronce

Associate Professor, Area Head of Sculpture; Graduate Director of Master of Fine Arts; Interim Director of the School of the Arts
Tamara Scronce

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  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 1997
  • Master of Fine Arts Candidate, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1992


Tamara Scronce joined the Department of Art faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000. She is the Master of Fine Arts graduate director, in addition to directing the sculpture program where she teach a variety of three-dimensional courses.

Scronce is an object maker with a love of materials and a strong drive to work. She thinks it is her Northern European ancestry that instills in her a hard-wearing work ethic and need to labor. Making things just makes sense to her. Equal with her desire to make things is her desire to be intellectually engaged. The objects and installations she creates are conceptually derived and use a wide variety of mediums including wood, steel, ceramic and ready-made materials.

As an artist, she is extremely privileged to be employed by the University to teach what she loves researching and making contemporary art. Teaching visual art in a rigorous academic environment is a decidedly special circumstance. The possibilities are endless, the energy is high, and the outcome is most often unexpected. The art making process asks students to get engaged, be committed and think creatively. She has the distinction of guiding students in using their heads and their hands to arrive at unique, personal solutions toward individual expression. The course of action and end results are like nothing else.

As an artist and a teacher, she strive to be involved in the community on campus and off. In addition to teaching various classes in sculpture, MFA and Bachelor of Fine Arts course offerings, she serves as the MFA Graduate Director recruiting and advising graduate students. Off campus, she is on the City of Reno's Public Art Committee, and she has recently been reappointed to a second three-year term as a city arts and culture commissioner. She steadfastly hold the belief that art and culture are the foundation of a vital society.


  • Art 216 - Sculpture I
  • Art 217 - Sculpture II
  • Art 317R - Intermediate Sculpture
  • ART 416R - Advanced Sculpture
  • ART 417R/617R - Problems in Sculpture
  • ART 442/642 - BFA/MFA Intermedia
  • ART 492 R/692 - Individual Studies
  • ART 499 - BFA Thesis Project
  • ART 710 - MFA Graduate Studio Practices
  • ART 722 - MFA Graduate Tutorial
  • ART 747 - MFA Directed Readings
  • ART 777 - MFA Graduate Exhibition
  • ART 790 - MFA Community Service in the Arts