solo exhibitions:                                                                           


2009        University of Delaware Museum, University Gallery, Newark, DE

2008        Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC

2006        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

1999        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

                Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI   

1997        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 

                Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN 

1995        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 

1992        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 

                Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY 

1990        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 

                Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 

1988        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

1987        Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY    

1985        Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC

                Delaware State Arts Council, Wilmington, DE

1984        Shepherds College, Shepherdstown, WVA

1983        Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC

1981        Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC

                College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

1980        Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC

1977        Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

1973        University of Delaware, John M. Clayton Hall, Newark, DE        

1972        Rhode Island School of Design, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI


selected group, invitational, juried exhibitions:


2018        "The Figure: The Indicative and the Allusive" - the Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

2014        "Dream Streets: Art in Delaware from 1970- 1990", Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2011        "Narcissus in the Studio - Artist Self-portraits", Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2007         Gallery and Invited Artists, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL

                "National Contemporary Realism", M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2004         Group Show, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003        "The Figure", Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY

2002        "Allegorical Expressions in Contemporary Painting", Delaware Center for Contemporary Art,

                 Wilmington, DE 

2000        "175th Annual Exhibition", National Academy of Design, New York, NY

                "Biennial 2000,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 

1998        "The New Baroque - Contemporary Dramatic Realism", The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art,

                 Loretto, PA 

1997        "Re-presenting Representation", The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

                "Concepts in Drawing", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

1994        "New Realism", Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN

                "Interiors", Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA

1991         "Against the Grain: Images in American Art 1960-1990", The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 

                 Loretto, PA

1987         "New Still Life and Landscape Painting", Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

                  Basel International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland                   

                 "Mainstream America - The Desind Collection", The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH,

                 traveled to: The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC                

                "Selected Contemporary Works from the Cigna Art Museum and Collection", The Lancaster Gallery 

                 of Art, Lancaster, PA

1984        "67th Annual Delaware Exhibition", DelawareArt Museum, Wilmington, DE (Award)

1983        "Painted Light", Artists' Choice Museum, NYC, traveled to:

                 Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA,Colby College Art Museum, Waterville, ME 

                 The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY, The Butler Institute of American Art,  Youngstown, OH    1982    

1981         "Still Life and Beyond", The Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT

1981-80    Gallery Artists, FAR Gallery, New York, NY

1977        "4th National Pastel Exhibition", National Arts Club, New York, NY (Award)

                "Delaware Art Museum Annual Exhibition", Wilmington, DE (Award)

1976        "Maryland Biennial", Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (Award)

                "Works on Paper", Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA (Award)

1975         Delaware Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Wilmington, DE (Award)        

1974         Tyler Painting Invitational, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA                    

                "19th Regional Exhibition", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC




2002        Governor’s Award, Eighth Annual Delaware Governor’s Awards in the Arts

                Delaware State Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, Master’s Category in the Visual Arts

1995        Fellowship to the Center for Advanced Study, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

1989,84   Delaware State Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant

1987        Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation Fellowship, Washington, DC 

1977        John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fellowship, Quemado, NM 




Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI    M.F.A.  

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH    B.F.A.  


university affiliation:


Professor Emeritus

Department of Art

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716

(302) 831 2244


selected public, private and corporate collections:


Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

ICI Americas, Inc., Wilmington, DE

Owens-Illinois Corp., Toledo, OH

Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Collection of the City of Grand Rapids, MI

Puglisi Associates, Newark, DE

Cigna Corporation Museum Collection, Philadelphia, PA

Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA

Millersville State College, Millersville, PA

Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, Cincinnati, OH

Sonnenschein, Carlin, Nath & Rosenthal, Chicago, IL

Tybout, Redfearn & Pell, Wilmington, DE

Professional Associates, Newark, DE

Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Wilmington, DE

University of Delaware, Newark, DE 

Kemper Insurance Co., Washington, DC

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 

Pastel Society of America, Nat. Arts Club, New York, NY

Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, DE

Swain Galleries, Plainfield, NJ

State of Delaware Legislative Hall, Dover, DE

Comp-U-Card International, Stamford, CT

The Episcopal Church of St. John, Delaware Diocese, Wilmington, DE

Bartol Research Foundation of the Franklin Inst., Philadelphia, PA

Nowlin Savings and Mortgage Co., Fort Worth, TX

Nynex Corp., New York, NY

Tate and Lyle, PLC, London, England

Steinberg Associates, Philadelphia, PA

Fabrique Ebel S.A., Basel, Switzerland

Museum Editions, New York, NY

Andrews & Kurth, Washington, DC      

John-Kelly Bray, Inc., Arcadia, CA

Mr. Ted Cooper, Washington, DC

Mr. Robert Rosenthal, Washington, DC

Mr. Christian Havemeyer, Chestertown, MD

Ms. Marika Sanchez, Washington, DC

Dr. Robert Carroll, Yarmouth, MA

Dr. Donald Puglisi, Newark, DE

Dr. Janis Tomlinson, Wilmington, DE

Mr. Pierre-Alain Blum, La Chaux deFonds, Switzerland

Dr. & Mrs. William Steinberg, Meadowbrook, PA

Dr. Eric Gibson, Wynnewood, PA

Mr. John Cote, Long Beach, CA 

Dr.   Thomas Erikson, Newark, DE

Dr.   Benjamin Corballis, Newark, DE

Mr. William Sisk, Newark, DE

Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Richter, Arcadia, CA

Mr. Stephen Paine, Boston, MA

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Richards, Wilmington, DE

Mr. & Mrs. Emory Olcott, New York, NY 

 Mr. & Mrs. N. M. Shaw, London, England

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Brilliant, Scarsdale, NY

Mr. John Kelly Bray, Arcadia, CA

Mr. Jack Schuler, Orchard Lake, MI

Mr. Luigi Bendi, London, England

Ms. M.A. Doran, Tulsa, OK

Mr. John Barclay & Carol Scott-Barclay, Gladwyne, PA

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bayard, Wilmington, DE

Mr. Paul Sreenan, Dublin 7, Ireland

Mr. & Mrs. David and Susan Goode, Norfolk, VA

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Hugh Oliver Esq. Pa;os Verdes Estates, CA

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart P. Levine, Highland Park, IL

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart S. Janney III, Butler, MD

Mr. Furio Bounaconte, London, England

Mr. Steven Weeks, Scottsdale, AZ



selected bibliography:


Donohue, Victoria, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 2012

Sozanski, Edward, “Stephen Tanis,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Section H, pp 8-9, Feb. 22, 2009

Greto, Victor; “Profile”,Delaware Today magazine, pages 15 – 21, January 2009       

American Arts Quarterly, Fall 2008, cover & review

American Arts Quarterly, Fall 2006, illus. & review, Pg. 48 

Landi, Ann, “The real thing,” Art News,  June 2002, pg. 88, illus. Pg. 91

Donohue, Victoria, "The Arts", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 17,2002, pg. MD3

Wilmington News Journal(Artline inset), “No Illusions”, February 27, 2002, cover, pages I & 2

Sozanski, Edward, “ Allegorical Variations”, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 8,2002

Adams/Davidson Gallery, Washington, DC, Website Homepage illustration: – “Basket of Apples”

Delaware Biennial 2000, Exhibition Catalogue, Delaware Art Museum Wilmington, DE

Parikh, Jane C., “Realist painter Draws subject...,”  Kalamazoo Gazette, August 7, 1999

 Mah, Marsha, Delaware Today, “Family Picture,” April, 1998, Wilmington,  pp 60-63, 75,76

Art and Antiques, “French’s American on 57th”, July 1997, pg. 25

Walters, Gordon, Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, IN, “Double Take”. July, 1997Arts Indiana, July – Aug. 1997

Butler, David, “Reality in Two Dimensions”, Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, IN “. Aug. 1997

Reid, Graeme,  “Differing Styles”, Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, IN, June 8, 1997

Britton, David, “Featured Artists Lecture...”, Indiana Statesman, pg. 4, June 18, 1997

 American Arts Quarterly, Summer, 1995, Pg. 45 ( illus. & text)

Weiss, Paulette, "Floral Fantasies on 57th". Art and Antiques, Feb. 1995, Pg. 12

Bogaert, Pauline, "Gatherings", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 22, 1995, MD5

Donohue, Victoria, "Exploration of the Art of Drawing". The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan.15, 1995

Mah, Marsha, "Personal Reflections", Delaware TodayMagazine, Dec. 94, Pgs. 64-66

Syracuse New Times, "Points West, Schweinfurth Art Center..", July 1, 1992

Sozanski, Edward, "A show of sculpture and still life", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 2, 1990, pg. 34

Donohue, Victoria, "...Stephen Tanis", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 14,1990 pg. 26-M

Delaware Art Museum Quarterly, "Classical Still Lifes", Fall 1990, page 3

 Baker, Penny, "Love, Charity depicted at Noyes Museum Show", Atlantic County Press, Jan. 1990

Nolan, Kathleen, "Love and Charity Exhibit, ” Roanoke Times & World News, April 2,1989

Phillips, Jonathan, "Tanis at French", ART/World (NYC), October 20, 1988

Lerman, Ora, "Contemporary Vanitas", ARTS magazine, March 1988

Cooper, James, "Stephen Tanis", New York City Tribune, May 1987

Lewis, Jo Ann, "Stephen Tanis at Haslem," Washington Post, page G 2, May 11, 1985

Heller, Nancy G., "Stephen Tanis", ARTS magazine, April 1983

Lewis, Jo Ann, "Still-Life Reality", Washington Post, January 1983, pg. D-7

Lewis, Jo Ann, "Five New Shows At 406", Washington Post, pg. C-5, Sept. 24, 1983

Singer, Clyde, "Painted Light Exhibit", Youngstown Vindicator, Oct. 1983

Ladden, Patrick, "Stephen Tanis", New Art Examiner, Dec. 1981

Lewis, Jo Ann, "Oils at Haslem", Washington Post, October 1981, page C-8

Perlmutter, Jack, "Stephen Tanis", Arts South, May 1980

Forgey, Benjamin, "Stephen Tanis", Washington Star, March 1980

Lewis, Jo Ann, Washington Post, "The Shows Go On", Washington Post, B-5, March 1, 1980

DeShazo, Edith, "Three Openings at Art Museum", Wilmington News Journal, Page D-6, July 2, 1978

Harriss, R.P., "Maryland Biennial", The Baltimore News American, Dec.1976

The Baltimore Sun, "Biennial Exhibition Opens...", December 1976