Tia Kramer is a social choreographer, site specific performance artist, and educator interested in gestures and actions of human connection in the everyday. She creates experiences and events that prioritize empathy and engage participants in collective self reflection. Tia is currently an MFA candidate in Portland State University's Art and Social Practice Program.
Tia works both individually and collaboratively. This winter, the Seattle Art Museum invited her and her collaborators, Eric John Olson and Tamin Totzke, to take up residence at the Olympic Sculpture Park to realize their project, Orbiting Together. This work used a network of satellites flying over the sculpture park as triggers for messages encouraging participants to engage their somatic awareness. Individuals opted into the system created a rhizomatic positioning system composed of people in the place of technology.
Since 2014, Tia Kramer has had a long term collaboration with choreographer, Tamin Totzke. Together they produced Study of Time and Motion, a large-scale group performance series and film project presented at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle’s Georgetown Steam Plant and along the banks of the Duwamish River. In 2017, they developed an interactive performance, Each Other, shared in a series of public open rehearsals at MadART Studios. In 2018 they worked together to produce two large participatory performances at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park.
Tia Kramer's work has been funded by: Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, 4Culture Historic Site Specific Project Grant, Artist Trust, Eicholz Award, Laurel's Fellowship, Simon Benson Scholarship and Duwamish Revealed. Her events have been experienced both nationally and internationally.
An Iowan by virtue and vagabond at heart, Tia Kramer is happily rooted in Walla Walla, Washington. Her vibrant small town is nestled among expansive agricultural fields and the Blue Mountains, yet just a stones throw from Seattle and Portland where she have a rich creative community. Through action and thought, collaboration and solo practice she is committed to equity and mindful living. Community and connection are the source and purpose of her creative practice!