Dara Engler

Trumansburg, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Dara Engler

ara Engler leans over a work table with a felting needle in her hand, looking over her shoulder to the camera. She is a white woman with light skin tone, and dark chin-length hair, wearing a black hoodie.

Dara Engler received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire. She was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, followed by a recipient group show at the Cue Art Foundation in New York. Dara has been included in New American Paintings and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual and has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and Saltonstall Foundation residencies. Her work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College.

Program Participation

MFA Grant, 2007

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2024

My recent body of work, You Can Never Go Home, is an exploration of past places and current worry. These pieces revisit the past—exploring memory, wandering illogically through childhood homes and old apartments, focusing on vignettes of objects and moments of significance. This homage to prior safe spaces is a step toward letting go, confronting anxiety, and being present.”