Hamline News

New Assistant Professor of Sculpture Announced

After an extensive, year-long search, The Department of Studio Arts and Art History is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Allison Baker to Hamline University. Baker will join Hamline with a full-time, tenure track professor appointment beginning fall 2015. 

The search committee saw a large number of applicants for this very competitive position. Studio Art Professor Andrew Wykes, who chaired the search committee, states, “The committee was impressed with [Baker’s] wide range of experience from large scale sculpture, installation, mold making, rubber, plaster, casting, metal fabrication, stone and wood carving, along with digital rendering, photography and video. Allison has developed a very sophisticated body of work in the past few years. Installations and sculptural objects are simultaneously poetic and carefully calculated. I am so happy that our students will benefit from such a vital area of fine art that has been overlooked for too long.”

Baker comes to Hamline from Providence, RI where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI. Baker received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Gender Studies from Indiana University - Bloomington, IN. Previously, Baker has taught as an instructor of record, at Rhode Island School of Design and as a teaching assistant at Rhode Island School of Design - Providence. Baker also held a visiting artist appointment at Marywood University - Scranton, PA. Check out Baker's online portfolio to see some of her work.

This will be the first tenure line granted to the department in more than 14 years. The sculpture concentration has been run by adjuncts for some 12 years since the death of Professor Michael Price. A retrospective of the late Professor Price will be the focus for the fall 2015 Soeffker Gallery Exhibition.