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Tara Calahan King

Tara Calahan King

2016 Distinguished Graduate, Class of 1987

This year Tara Calahan King was honored as our Distinguished Graduate for 2016. After graduating from St. Martin School in 1987, Tara went on to Mother of Mercy High School and then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Tara is a professional freelance artist; a commercial and residential muralist, an illustrator (for children’s books, greeting cards, brochures, magazines, etc.), a public sculpture designer; she provides literacy and arts programs in schools and libraries across the country, and she also helps create theater sets for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Tara has been able to work with children all over the country, providing art and literacy programs for 20 years. She was commended a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor, Steve Beshear, for these programs. Tara has received awards for her illustrations in her children’s books, and her book entitled Enemy Pie, was chosen to help promote and save the children’s television program, Reading Rainbow, raising over a million dollars in one day. This book was also chosen by Reading Rainbow, and narrated by the Emmy Award winning actor Ed Harris, to address bullying among children.

Tara has created artwork for the Dragonfly foundation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, for sick children and their families. She has designed and painted over 7,000 square feet of murals and interactive sculptures for children in two public libraries. She also has the blessing of nurturing, teaching, and loving her two beautiful children. Tara said her Catholic education helped develop and strengthen her foundation in life. She will continue to use her talents and to share her creativity and enthusiasm for art and literature, and her artistic experiences with the world around her.
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