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Contact Info

Allison Baker
651 523-2176
1494 Taylor, Studio C STUDIOC
Hamline University MS-B1801
1536 Hewitt Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Allison Baker

Assistant Professor of Sculpture

Contact Info

Allison Baker
651 523-2176
1494 Taylor, Studio C STUDIOC
Hamline University MS-B1801
1536 Hewitt Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Biography

Allison Baker earned her MFA in Sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a BFA in Sculpture and BA in Gender Studies from Indiana University. She has been shown at Flux Factory in New York City, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, CA, Piante Gallery in Eureka, CA, The University of Austin Texas, The Indiana University Museum of Art, among others. She has held residencies at The Museum of Steel Sculpture in Coalbrookdale in the United Kingdom, Sculpture Trails Museum and Foundry, and Franconia Sculpture Park where her work is currently on exhibit. Recently, Allison has pursued publication as a means to further incorporate her academic training with her sculptural practice. She has been published in The Tulane Review, Blue Stockings Magazine, and Synecdoche Magazine in conjunction with support from Brown University. Her practice focuses on utilizing traditional sculptural techniques within a contemporary art practice, wrestling with presence within an ambiguous state, the grey area between desire and action.

Teaching Style

Art is a self-improvement degree. Similar to other social sciences, philosophy, sociology, and psychology; fine art students should leave the classroom more empathetic, knowledgeable, and self-reflective. The choice to pursue a fine art degree should leave a student more well rounded. I want my students to leave better read, with an increased ability to think critically, an elevated ability to write, and generally with a broader perspective.

This is accomplished by both an intensive and academically rigorous curriculum in conjunction with exhaustive making. I push students to research their interests and their concepts extensively. To make meaningful work, it is crucial to encourage students to seek out what puts a fire in their belly. At any stage of learning it is vital for students to have a strong theoretical understanding of their work.

"Fear of failure is failure by default" 

-Allison Baker

Professional work

Here is an example of Professor Baker's work in sculpture:

Allison Baker Sculpture

Additional Links

Professional Website