Tara Conley attended Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts to attain her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. She then moved from Western New York State to Houston and began creating works in steel and bronze. In 2003, Conley expanded her use of media to include hand-dyed cotton, fiberglass and plastic coated foam in addition to wrought iron. She uses this unique combination of materials to create otherworldly sculptures with a creature-like feel and, most recently, indoor and outdoor furniture. Conley has gallery representation in Houston and has exhibited throughout the United States. At HCCC, she investigated both clay and wood, in addition to having created a new series of word-related works in bronze.