Kegham Tazian

Kegham Tazian is a widely acclaimed, award-winning artist. The Armenian sculptor and painter, born in Beirut, has gained much notoriety for the diversity of his work and the variety of media which he uses. His artwork has been represented in more than 30 solo exhibition and more than 50 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

Tazian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in education from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Since 1967, Tazian has taught at Oakland community College – Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan. During that period, he served as Chairman of the Art Department for six years and has served as Director of the Smith Theatre Art Gallery since 1982.

Some of the distinguished awards Tazian has received include being named Farmington’s 1995 Artist-in-Residence Award by the Farmington Area Arts Commission, the Michigan Education Association Award, the International Artists in Watercolor Award, London England and the Michigan Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 1997, Tazian’s artwork was exhibited in a one-man show at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington, D.C.

In addition to receiving individual awards, his sculptures and paintings have appeared in national publications such as Art News, American Artist and Art in America. He has juried several local art competitions and has conducted lectures and workshops throughout the state of Michigan.