Thursday, September 21 · 6pm
Location: Harry Ransom Center: 300 West 21st Street Austin, TX 78712
Join Ransom Center Curator of Art Tracy Bonfitto and Research Associate Cristina Meisner for an in-gallery talk with Austin artist Kristin Calhoun, whose work is featured in Art in Words: Prints from the 20th Century to Today. After a short orientation to the exhibition, the conversation will highlight printmaking techniques and connections between the text-based works on display.
About the Artist:
Kristin is originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia. With the exception of 3 years spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico while in graduate school, she has lived in Austin, Texas for over 20 years and considers it home for the foreseeable future. She currently teaches Art Appreciation, Design I, and Drawing I/II at Austin Community College and taught Printmaking at The Austin Waldorf School from 2015-2022.
Her educational background is a blend of two fields. She has a BA in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, a BFA in Studio Art – Printmaking from Texas State University, and an MFA (with Distinction) in Studio Art – Printmaking from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Her Studio Art background and anthropological training in the participant observation of people and systems lend themselves to a perspective that often questions and examines the structures within and around art.
Searching for universal connections and the ties that often invisibly bind multiple arenas of human existence, she explores language as both a construct and an entity with an inherent and profoundly performative power that often goes unchecked and unexamined in daily discourse.
She maintains an active exploration, both making and studying art from a variety of different perspectives in order to challenge herself, fueling a passion for creative problem-solving. She enjoys reworking strategies for effective and student-centered teaching and appreciates the challenges and opportunities that art and the critical thinking skills students need to approach it continuously present to do so. She has a deep love and respect for the academic art environment and its capacity as a site for meaningful growth and change.
Image: Kristin Calhoun, US & them (Imbalances), 2014. Lithograph on Inomache Nacre paper, beeswax. Harry Ransom Center, 2023:0002:0001