Artist, educator and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully crafted creatures and opportunities to engage a new generation of creative problem solvers. Nature’s endless ability to reuse and adapt motivates her to eliminate waste and reimagine it as art. Kamin has a background in art administration, higher education and city government providing professional development for artists. She is the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the San Antonio DoSeum and the University of Texas College of Fine Arts Career Services Manager.
Calder Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art selected Kamin’s art and workshops for the exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. After returning home to Austin, Texas, she was a mentor for the Contemporary Austin Teen Artist + Mentor Program 2015 and 2017 Crit Group member. Her solo exhibition, Plastic Planet at Women & Their Work was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance 2017 Artistic Innovations Grant and the subject of an episode for the KLRU series Arts In Context. In 2017, the Plastic Planet and The Neocortex Classroom traveled to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Galveston Arts Center.
Her recent projects include a post as the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at San Antonio’s Children’s Museum, The DoSeum. The culminating exhibition, Dream Tomorrow Today was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance 2019 Artistic Innovations Grant and can be seen at SXSW EDU in March 2019. Kamin is currently working on her next solo show, “What A Mess” opening in April 2019 at the Austin Central Library.