Throughout his studio career Professor Tarantal has worked both as a designer and painter. A partial list of his corporate clients includes Fortune Magazine, Xerox Corporation, AT&T, NBC-TV and the US Postal Service. He has received numerous awards of distinction for his design work from the Art Directors Club of NYC and Philadelphia, and the NY Society of Illustrators. His dimensional, painted constructions are in the following collections: the Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Yale University Art Gallery, Time-Life Inc. NY, and Westinghouse Corp., PA, among many others. His work has been featured in the following art and design journals - Print Magazine, Graphis Magazine, The NY Society of Illustrators Annuals, Three-Dimensional Illustration Annuals, Communication Arts, and Art News.
From 1986 to 2010, Professor Tarantal served as Dean of the College of Art and Design and was a board member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) for two terms. He continues to serve as a consultant for NASAD, and as chairperson of numerous accreditation teams reviewing art and design schools throughout the US. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Senior Artists Initiative.
He joined the College of Art and Design in 1969 after completing a Fulbright Grant in India where he was a Fine Arts Research Scholar working with the Ford Foundation in New Delhi and the National Design Institute in Ahmedabad, on Family Planning campaigns.
Professor Tarantal received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, NYC, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA.