Valaria Tatera is a visual artist whose work investigates the intersection of ethnicity, gender, commerce, and the environment. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Tatera explores self- identity and contemporary Indigenous issues such as the environment, sovereignty, and the co-opting of imagery. She earned an MFA in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. and B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Valaria is well respected statewide, and has worked with various artists, as well as teaching in various institutions across Wisconsin. She was a finalist in the United States Artist Fellowship, a recipient of the Museum of Wisconsin Art best sculpture 2014, a featured clay artist at Lakefront Festival for the Arts, and has received the AOP Fellowship.
Recently, her work was featured at James May Gallery, Algoma, WI; RedLine Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and a Times Square Digital Show, NYC, New York. During the pipeline protests she was a guest on the radio talk show Subtle Forces: Water Crisis.