Tamar ZenithDirector

Tamar Zenith is a pioneering contemporary art dealer and the Owner / Director of Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art in Calgary, Canada, with over three decades of experience as a Canadian Art gallerist, collector, advocate for artists, and philanthropist. Throughout her career, Tamar has brought recognition and market success to many contemporary visual and conceptual artists, and showcased multiple modern and contemporary art luminaries including: Michael Batty, Dianne Bos, Cathy Daley, Franco DeFrancesca, Bradley Harms, Marie Lannoo, Joshua Jensen Nagle, Alex Katz, William Perehudoff, Julian Schnabel, Kevin Sonmor and Deborah Kass, to name a few.

Tamar graduated from McGill University in 1992, and opened Newzones alongside her mother, Helen Zenith. Together, Tamar and Helen have built Newzones into one of North America’s leading contemporary commercial art galleries, specializing in process-oriented artwork including painting, photography, and sculpture by prominent Canadian and international artists.

Tamar has worked tirelessly to promote the gallery’s artists both at home and abroad and is proud of the role Newzones and its artists have played in the city of Calgary; diffusing the image of “the Wild West” into a “West” that is elegant, cosmopolitan, and vibrant – a “West” where contemporary artists live and work while producing world-class art.

An active force in the Calgary, Canadian, and international art scene, Tamar remains committed to the development and enhancement of Canadian visual arts, including Newzones’ role in making Canadian Art a strong contributor in the international art market. She looks forward to the next 30 years promoting leading names in contemporary art.

Tamar’s artistic taste, business acumen, and entrepreneurial spirit have inspired several articles in publications such as: the Globe and Mail, Forbes Magazine, the National Post, the Calgary Herald, Azure, Avenue, Western Living, Canadian Art, Border Crossing, Galleries West and many more. Distinguished and best-selling author Joanne Thomas Yaccato included Tamar in her book on female entrepreneurs, Raising Your Business: A Canadian Woman’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, and was most recently included in Michelle McIvor’s The Glow Code: A Cheat Sheet for Feeling, Looking, and Being Your Best at Any Age (June 2024) offering expert advice on art collecting, installing and navigating the contemporary art world from the heart. In 2023, she was interviewed on @Canadianpodcast A resilient west 30 year of Newzones shaping the world class art scene.

Tamar currently is a Director of the Art Dealer’s Association of Canada’s board and has sat on the board of Aids Calgary, been an active member of the Chancellor’s Club at the University of Calgary, a member of the President’s circle at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and a member of the prestigious YEO. She was awarded the inaugural West Island College Alumni Achievement Award. In 2012, Tamar and Helen Zenith established the Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Fund at The Calgary Foundation, which contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations that support Calgary’s visual arts community.

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Helen Zenith, Director of Newzones