Dan Tague has an MFA in Studio Arts from The University of New Orleans, and is a multi-media artist, curator, and activist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
He is the recipient of several awards and residencies including grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation and Pollock Krasner Foundation, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Johnson Atelier Technical Institute and School of Sculpture, and the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. He was awarded 2014 Designer of the Year by the ACA.
Dan Tague is well-known for his folded currency photographs. The many nuances associated with currency serve as an unrelenting source of inspiration as he folds the monetary engravings obsessively to reveal political messages.
Tague’s activist artwork was triggered by losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans where he was born and raised. After the breach of the levies, he sat on his roof and witnessed everything he owned being destroyed by polluted water.
He soon found a boat and with some friends began rescuing neighbors, or bringing them provisions. His growing outrage at the government’s response to the people of New Orleans, and his personal homelessness, led him to create a series of artworks challenging the meaning of currency and the promises of our democracy.
Tague's work has been exhibited across the US including Prospect 2: International Biennial, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ballroom Marfa, Kala Art Institute, Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Carnegie Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and Civilian Art Projects, Washington D.C.
Several notable publications have featured Tague's work, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World News, and The Washington Post. His work was featured in the book For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art.
His work appears in numerous public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Luciano Benetton Collection, J House, The Saratoga Collection, and the West Collection of Contemporary Art.