Sweeney, Tara & Christopherson, Nate

Contact info:

They live in: St. Paul, MN

Email: [email protected]

Website: tarasweeneyart.com

Tara is a co-author and co-illustrator with her son, Nate Christopherson

They create: Children’s fiction, Children’s non-fiction, Picture Books, and Intergenerational Picture books

Age Group: Children and their grownups


A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute by Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney, co-illustrated with Nate Christopherson, University of MN Press, 2019.

Henry the Boy by Molly Felder, co-illustrated with Nate Christopherson, Penny Candy Press, 2019.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, illustrated by Nate Christopherson, Milkweed Editions, 2013, 2020.

Things That Are by Amy Leach (illustrated by Nate Christopherson), Milkweed Editions, 2012

Close to Home: A Minnesota Year in Sketches by Tara Sweeney (illustrated by Tara Sweeney), self-published, 2014

Books Awards:

2020 MN Book Award finalist, Children’s Literature, A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0_HTewY-gU&t=5s


Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson are a mother-and-son creative team. Tara received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to co–illustrate and co-author with Nate the 2020 MN Book Award finalist picture book, A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute. TPT2 MN Original showcased their collaboration in 2018. The book and original illustrations inspired extra/ordinary, a 2019-2020 solo exhibition at the American Swedish Institute. Tara self-published Close to Home: A Minnesota Year in Sketches, her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction in 2014. She is professor emeritus at Augsburg University, where she taught drawing and painting for twenty-five years. Nate Christopherson is a special education teacher and freelance illustrator. He created art for Amy Leach’s Things That Are, 2012, and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, 2013 and 2020, for Milkweed Editions. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to illustrate The Island, an award-winning limited-edition collaborative artist book. Sweeney and Christopherson both live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Presentation Title & Description:

Creative collaboration: a family affair

*Also available for virtual presentations via Skype or Zoom


$75/hour, $225 half day, $450 full day, plus expenses and mileage