Asia Tail is from Tacoma, Washington where she is currently based. Asia attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her art making practice focuses on oil painting and drawing. She was an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient and a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award nominee in 2015. Her work has recently been featured in the internationally distributed magazine New American Paintings, in NW Art Now @ TAM (formerly the Northwest Biennial), and in the exhibition Quota at SOIL Gallery in Seattle.
As an extension of her art making, Asia also creatively curates special projects and art exhibitions, with an emphasis on empowering Indigenous artists. In 2015, she created the Contemporary Native Voices project for Tacoma Art Museum, interviewing over 20 individuals on Native American representation in art, and integrating Native voices into the museum’s galleries through wall text, interactive activities, and commissioned performances. In 2016, she independently curated her first exhibition, Protect the Sacred at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma, which brought together work from 26 Native American artists and raised funds to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline construction in North Dakota.
Asia currently works as the Arts Program Coordinator for the City of Tacoma's Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality, and as a freelance consultant on advisory committees and selection panels for local arts organizations including Seattle Art Museum, Artist Trust, Pratt Fine Arts, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and others.
Asia is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a proud member of the Urban Native community in the Pacific Northwest.