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Tamlyn Akins

  • BFA with High Distinction in Drawing, California College of the Arts (formerly known as California College of Arts & Crafts), Oakland, CA, 1980

Collections of Note

  • Dean Clinic, Middleton, WI
  • Dental Health Associates, Madison, WI
  • Kohler Company, Kohler, WI
  • M&M Communications Inc., Madison, WI
  • Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee, WI
  • Oakwood Village Retirement Community West, Madison, WI


  • Ozaukee Bank, Cedarburg, WI
  • School Mate inc., Jackson, TN
  • UARCO, Barrington, IL
  • UW Hospital & Clinics, Madison, WI
  • Bridget Austin, Green Bay, WI
  • Peggy Flora Zalucha, Mount Horeb, WI

Current Artist Affilliations

  • Wisconsin Visual Artists (formerly known as Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors)
  • Mount Horeb Area Arts Association

Solo Exhibitions

  • Flora, Fauna & Fold, Capital Lakes Galleries, Madison, WI, 2013
  • Naturescapes, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI, 2009
  • Fun with Frogs, Shapes & Sky, LuCille Tack Center Gallery, Spencer, WI, 2009
  • Healing Mandalas, University Hospital, C5/2 Skylight Lounge Gallery, Madison, WI, 2008
  • In Grandpa's Woods, Alicia Ashman Branch Library, Madison, WI, 2007
  • Mandalas & More, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Mount Horeb, WI, 2006
  • Origami as Art, Air National Guard Facility, Madison, WI, 2002
  • Flora & Fold, Oakwood Village West, Visitor Center Gallery, Madison, WI, 2000
  • Watercolors, Water Street Gallery Extension Exhibit, Prairie du Sac, WI, 1996
  • Ornamentations, Rajah's, Madison, WI, 1996
  • Florals, Wisconsin Arts Board, State GEF-1 Offices, Madison, WI, 1986
  • Fragile Wings, Given Gold Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1980
  • Mandalas, Argonaut Art Center, Jackson, CA, 1977

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Vital Signs, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Promega, Madison, WI, 2014
  • Spirituality of the Mandala: Reality in the Round, Nails in the Wall Gallery, St. Luke’s Church, Metuchen, NJ, 2013, Metuchen Sentinel article.
  • Natural Selections, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Olbrich Botanical Gardens Gallery, Madison, WI, 2013
  • Beneath the Surface, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Overture Gallery III, Madison, WI, 2013
  • Kaleidoscope, Wisconsin Visual Artists - Southcentral Chapter, UW Pyle Center, Madison, WI; 2012
  • Friends from Near & Far, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI; 2010
  • ArtsBuild, Nohr Gallery, UW-Platteville, WI; 2010
  • Mixed Greens, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Promega, Madison, WI; 2010
  • Orchid Quest, Madison Orchid Growers Guild, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI; 2010
  • Spring Art Tour, Studio & Gallery Tour of the Mount Horeb Area; 2007-2011
  • Wisconsin-Japan Art Exchange, Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors (now Wisconsin Visual Artists); Modern Art Museum, Saitama, Japan; Inoue Gallery, Ginza District, Tokyo; Tomioka Museum, Ohta-ku, Japan, 2002; Modern Art Museum, Saitama, Japan, 2008.
  • Art of the Garden, Mazomanie Historic Art Center, Mazomanie, WI, 2006
  • Elements, 2004; Recycle, 2005; Grief & Trauma, 2005; Roots, 2005; Foreign Influences, 2006; Symmetry, 2006; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Steenbock Gallery, Madison, WI
  • CCAC Alumni Exhibition, Mills Building, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Rocky Mountain National Water Media Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 1999
  • 55th Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, 1999
  • Watercolor Wisconsin, Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI; 1987 Merchandise Award, 1989, 1990 Award of Excelence, 1997, Watercolor Wisconsin: Celebrating 25 Years (invitation) 1991; Rahr-West Museum, Racine, WI, 2008
  • Tribute Exhibition 1999; Recent Works 1997 (2 person); Seasons of the Arboretum 1993 (4 person); The Next Decade 1992; The Quilt Connection 1989; Alpha to Omega 1989; New Beginnings 1986 (4 person); MB Perine Gallery (formerly Valperine Gallery), Madison, WI
  • Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors Member Show, De Ricci Gallery, Edgewood College, Madison, WI, 1996; Porter Butts Gallery, UW-Madison, WI, 1993
  • Of Watercolors, Art Independent Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI, 1996
  • Artful Women, Women's Political Caucus of Dane County, Madison, WI; 1996, 1888
  • Behold the Flower, Seebeck Gallery, Kenosha, WI, 1995
  • WHA-Wisconsin Public Television Art & Antiques Auction, 1994 Featured Artist
  • Midwest Watercolor Society Exhibit, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI; 1994, 1987 Special Merit Award
  • Spirit in the Land, Porter Butts Gallery, UW-Madison, WI, 1994 (invitation)
  • Summer Show 1994; Spring Show 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993; Winter Show 1988, 1993: Art Independent Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI
  • Beloit & Vicinity Show, Wright Museum, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, 1993
  • Wisconsin Watercolor Society Exhibit, Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI, 1998; Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990; Rahr-West Museum, Manitowac, WI, 1991
  • Wisconsin Women in the Arts, West Bend Museum of Fine Arts, West Bend, WI, Traveling Show 1988-89; Wisconsin Women in the Arts: Lisistrata, Water Street Gallery, Bank One Building, Milwaukee, WI, 1990
  • Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors Juried Show, Signature Gallery, Stoughton, WI, 1989
  • Northern National, Northern Arts Council, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI, 1990
  • Wisconsin Watercolor, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI, 1989
  • San Diego Watercolor Society International, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA, 1988
  • Arlington National, Arlington Art Association, Arlington Museum, Arlington, TX; 1986, 1988 Merit Award
  • National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art, Academic Artists Association, Greek Cultural Center, Springfield, MA, 1987
  • Watercolor West Exhibition, Watercolor West Society, Riverside Museum, Riverside, CA, 1986

Awards & Honors

  • Merit Award, WVA Biennial (formerly WP&S/WAAM), Porter Butts Gallery, UW-Madison, WI, 1997.
  • Featured Artist, Of Watercolors, Art Independent Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI. 1996.
  • Featured Artist , Artful Women, Women's Political Caucus of Dane Cty, Madison, WI, 1996.
  • Featured Artist, WHA - Wisconsin Public Television Art & Antiques Auction, 1994.
  • Award of Excellence, Watercolor Wisconsin, Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI, 1990.
  • Merit Award, Arlington National, Arlington Art Association, Arlington Museum, Arlington, TX. 1988
  • Special Merit Award, Midwest Watercolor Exhibit, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI, 1987.
  • Merit Award, National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art, Academic Artists Association, Greek Cultural Center, Springfield, MA, 1987.
Related Experience
  • Mount Horeb Area Arts Association; Founding Member 2007; President 2007-2011; Executive Director 2007 to present; Spring Art Tour Coordinator and grant writer 2007-present.
  • Pastel Demonstrator - for School Mate inc., Jackson, TN: National Art Materials Trade Association, Chicago 1994, San Francisco 1995, Toronto 1996, Las Vegas 1998, Chicago 1999, Los Angeles 2000, Chicago 2001, Philadelphia 2002, Chicago 2003; National Art Educators Association, Washington, DC 1999, Los Angeles 2000, New York 2001, Minneapolis 2003; Hobby & Craft Industry Association, Las Vegas 1997; National Art Educators of Young Children, Chicago 2003.
  • Art Sales Associate and Origami Demonstrator - MB Perine Gallery, Madison, WI: 1996-1999.
  • Origami Instructor - Celebrate Madison Festival, Frank Lloyd Wright Convention Center, Madison, WI: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Water Street Gallery, Prairie du Sac, WI: 1997-1998; High School visiting instructor: 1999.
  • Mural, Website and Graphic Artist - Millennium Murals & Milling Around (parts of Zalucha Studio): 1998-present.
  • Juror of Awards - WHA TV Art & Antiques Auction, 1995; Second Congressional District, High School Arts Competition, "An Artistic Discovery", 2001, Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, Mazomanie, 2007.
  • Curation Committee - Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters' Steenbock Gallery, 2004, 2005.
  • Membership Chair, WP&S South Central Chapter (now WVA-SC), 2006-2009.


  • In Grandpa's Woods, a children's book with illustrations by Akins, produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and published by Trails Media Group.
  • Marcel Schurman Publishing created greeting cards with Akins' artworks.
  • Carolyn Bean Publishing created greeting cards with Akins' artworks.
  • Wisconsin Public Television featured Akins' artwork as limited edition reproductions and note cards.
  • International Breast Cancer Research Foundation published Akins' artwork on note cards and posters.
  • Akins' art works have been published and/or mentioned in The Artists, Art Muscle, Country Living, Window & Wall, and Kitchen & Bath Concepts magazines; and Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times and Marshfield News Herald newspapers.


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