A visual artist and educator, Tina Aufiero arrived in Seattle after living in NYC over twenty years. A lover of adventurous outdoors experiences, Aufiero can often be found driving through Skagit Valley equip with balloons and small cameras, recording images and sounds of migrating birds. A self-proclaimed obsessed swan lover, Aufiero creates projects that often focus on utilizing the swan as the metaphor to create meaning. Imagery and information gathered is then articulated in sculptural objects, mixed media video works, and photographic pieces.
Aufiero has exhibited and lectured internationally. Works are included in the collections of Pilchuck Print Collection, Seattle, WA; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.; The Heinneman Collection-Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Musee des Art Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; Venini SpA, Italy. Her awards include Fulbright Research Grant-Iceland, Technology Initiative Fund NSU, ATT Foundation, Pollack - Krasner Foundation, Penny McCalls Foundation, PS1-National Institute for Contemporary Art and the NEA.
Aufiero's work and teaching spans across disciplines, to the areas of art, sculpture, craft, design and technology. Teaching includes 15 years at Parsons the New School for Design with courses taught in Design & Technology, Foundation and Product Design. Aufiero acted as Director of the BFA Design & Technology Program for two years prior to her move. She is committed to developing undergraduate curriculum that embraces the 21st century. Other teaching includes Iceland Academy of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Cooper Union Outreach Program, UrbanGlass-NYC and Pilchuck Glass School, WA. She holds a BFA, Sculpture-Glass- RISD, MFA in Design & Technology, Parsons, with Master Studies NYU - Feminist Theory-Performance. Tina Aufiero designes besides small series of unique lamps also for Venini.