Kristin Baxter

Mixed Media/Fiber Arts

All that…

 

Found Objects

 

Sculpture & 3D

 


Contact Information

Art Department, Moravian College
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
e-mail: kbaxter@moravian.edu
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

I consider my studio practice as research, as a place where new knowledge is constructed. Through my studio work, I am interested in understanding how individuals use objects to code memories and structure life experiences. Many of us code our memories using objects, such as when we save a ticket stub to remember a special concert or when a fluffy coat reminds us of the bedspread our parents had on their bed when we were kids. Sometimes we use these narratives to organize experience, to give order to our lives, such as when we determine how old we were in a family snapshot based on the car or house that is also shown in the image. Mundane objects, such as a ticket stub, a jacket, or a snapshot, contain expansive memories and narratives. They simultaneously recollect a past and imply a future.

My studio practice investigates these seemingly ordinary things from daily life. I see a network of memories and narratives in journal entries, or old Happy Meal toys, or used dryer sheets, or a garden gnome. I am drawn to the “realness” of these objects and how their visceral, tactile presence can effortlessly prompt stories. The ease at which stories flow reflects the often highly-charged emotional content of the objects we save. Yet, through my work, their significance is subverted. Chunky, fuzzy yarns are comforting; vibrantly colored ribbons are playful; yet these materials wind around sharp pieces of discarded industrial aluminum.
Children’s toy blocks conjure memories of simple play; yet casting them in bronze render the toys useless for a toddler. My assemblages and sculptures destabilize the value of objects just as the memories associated with them shift and fade and, ultimately, mislead; and just as the narratives that are prompted by them are ambiguous and contradictory. Such assemblages gnaw at the impermanent and volatile qualities of memory.

Education

2005
Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY
Ed.D. Art & Art Education

1995
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
MA, Art History & Museum Studies

1993
New York University, New York, NY
BA, Liberal Arts

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2010
Bounce: Living at the intersections of art education pedagogy, art practice, and daily life, H. Paty Eiffe Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

2001
recollections, Doctoral Exhibition, Macy Gallery, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY

Group
2011
(inside) joke, Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Women’s Show, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

2010
Digital exhibitions in public spaces, Pennsylvania Art Education Association conference, Westin Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

Faculty Art Exhibition, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

2008, 2009
Community Art Exhibition, Wyckoff YMCA, Wyckoff, NJ

1999, 2000, 2001
Student Art Exhibitions, Macy Gallery, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY

Exhibitions Curated

2011
Poverty & Inequality: Art Auction to benefit the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Collaboration with Jan Ciganick and Kelly Weaver

Education in China: Photo Exhibition, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Collaboration with Jan Ciganick and Kelly Weaver

2008
Altered Books Altered Experiences: Students’ Visual Journeys through England’s Great Museums, Fairleigh Dickinson University Library, Madison, NJ

1998
Arts-in-Education, Children’s Art Exhibit, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

1996
Crayola Dream Makers, Children’s Art Exhibit, Cleveland Children’s Museum, Cleveland, OH

1995
A Quilting Bee, Cleveland Children’s Museum, Cleveland, OH

1993
Contemporary French Artists, Multi Media Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Awards and Honors

2010
Faculty Pedagogy Development Grant, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Recipient of the Leadership Center’s Community Grant for the Moravian College/Bethlehem YMCA afterschool art collaboration and children’s art exhibition

Moravian College Chapter Zeta Psi of Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity

2001
John Lidstone Memorial Scholarship to attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Professional Experience

2010 – present
Region 10 Representative, Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA)

Co-chair, 2013 Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association

2010
Art Educator for Afterschool Program, Bethlehem YMCA, Bethlehem, PA

2009 – present
Assistant Professor of Art & Coordinator of the Art Education Program, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

2007 – 2009
Adjunct Professor of Art Education, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Kean University, Union, NJ

2005 – 2008
Adjunct Professor of Art History, College at Florham, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

2003
Student Teacher, Glen Rock Middle School, Glen Rock, NJ

2000
Teacher’s Assistant, Teachers College Columbia University, NY, NY

1997 – 1998
Education Coordinator, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

1996 – 1997
Museum Educator, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

1996
Adjunct Instructor of Art History, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH

1995 – 1996
Adjunct Instructor of Art History, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH

Museum Educator, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

1993 – 1996
Museum Educator, Cleveland Children’s Museum, Cleveland, OH

Professional Affiliations

Member, College Art Association
Member, National Art Education Association
Member, Pennsylvania Art Education Association
Member, Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association
Member, Lehigh Valley Arts Council

Lectures and Talks

2012
National Art Education Association Conference, New York, NY

2011
““Isn’t is just easier to tell kids what to do?! The challenges of Constructivist theory,” Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Gettysburg, PA

“(Re)collections of family photographs: Using art-practice in research methods and implications for art teaching,” Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Gettysburg, PA

2010
“Authentic Art Education in the Elementary Classroom,” Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

“Bounce: Living at the intersections of art education pedagogy, art practice, and daily life”, Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

“Initiating Social Justice through Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Preservice Classroom Teachers Create Collaborative Art for Life Exhibition,” National Art Education Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

“The Balancing Act: Re-Examining the Leadership Role through the Scholarly Lives of Novice Moms,” National Art Education Association Conference, Baltimore, MD Co-Presented with Ami Kantawala Worah, Borim Song, and Margaret Walker

2007
“Exploring the Great Museums of New York: Teaching College-Level Art History through Museum Visits”, National Art Education Association Conference, New York, NY

2006
“Art Practice as Research: Practicalities, Problems and Praxis,” National Art Education Association Conference, Chicago, IL
Co-presented with Graeme Sullivan, Dan Serig, and Hugo Ortega

2002
“Artstories: Exploring Intergenerational Connections through Memories, Art-Making, and Family Photographs,” International Society for Education through Art World Congress, New York, NY
Co-presented with Pamela Harris-Lawton

Publications

2012
“Using Family Photographs in a Dialogic Pedagogy: Toward a Visual Culture Approach to the Teaching of Art History,” Art Education Journal, January 2012

2009
“Implications of metaphorical thinking for teaching artists,” Teaching Artist Journal (7) 3, 182 – 191, July-September 2009

Baxter, Kristin Ed.D., Recollections of Family Photographs from Five Generations: The Role of Narrative and Reflexivity in Organizing Experience, VDM Verlag Publishers, Saarbrücken, Germany

2008
Baxter, K., Lopez, H.O., Serig, D., & Sullivan, G. “The Necessity of Studio Art as a Site and Source for Dissertation Research,” The International Journal of Art and Design Education (27)1, 4 – 18

2005
“Recollections of Family Photographs from Five Generations: The Role Narrative and Reflexivity in Organizing Experience,” Art Education Dissertation Monographs (1), 53 – 61

2001
Doctoral exhibition brochure recollections, New York: Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University.

2000
“Clip card: Dinner Party,” School Arts, vol. 99, 5 – 6

1999
“Clip card: Painted Folded Mural,” School Arts, vol. 99, 7 – 8

“Lasting relationships: Lehman College Art Gallery develops a multifaceted art program with district ten schools,” Building a Community of Learners: Journal of Teaching, Learning and Accomplishment, 3, 67 – 68

1998
Co-authored a series of lesson plans in support of the exhibition catalogue, Hoeltzel, S. & Webster, S. (Eds.) Public Art in the Bronx, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

1996 – 1997
Adult Gallery Guides, Museum Publications, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
   J.M.W. Turner Watercolors
   Baluchi Woven Treasures
   Robert Barry at the IMA

Family Gallery Guides, Museum Publications, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
   Egypt in Africa
   The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
   Painting in Spain in the Age of Enlightenment: Goya and his Contemporaries
   If we can’t touch it, then what can we do?
   From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
   Masks from Many Cultures
   Mythical Creatures and Beasts
   Linnea in Monet’s Garden
   Turner Watercolors from Manchester and Indianapolis

 

 


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