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Ed.D., Art and Art Education, Teachers College Columbia
University, New York, New York
M.A., Art History & Museum Studies, Case Western Reserve University,
B.A., Liberal Arts, New York University, New York, New York
Additional studio work completed at Art Students League, New York; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine; and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
Prior to joining the faculty at Moravian College in the fall of 2009, Dr. Baxter was an adjunct professor of art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, and adjunct professor of art education at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.
For more than five years, she taught art to children in kindergarten through grade eight and conducted professional development workshops for teachers in museums, galleries, schools, and community centers, such as at the Bethlehem YMCA; Lehman College Art Gallery, in the Bronx, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Art Students League, New York; and The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ.
Her publications appear in the International Journal of Art and Design Education and School Arts and she has written numerous educational materials for art and children’s museums. Two recent articles include “Implications of Metaphorical Thinking for Teaching Artists,” for Teaching Artist Journal and “Using Family Photographs in a Dialogic Pedagogy: Toward a Visual Culture Approach to the Teaching of Art History,” for the journal, Art Education. Her first book, Recollections of family photographs from five generations: The role of narrative and reflexivity in organizing experience, was published in 2009.
She is a practicing, exhibiting artist whose artwork incorporates ordinary objects from daily life, such as old family snapshots, discarded keys, broken toys, an expired library card, or a garden gnome. She sees a network of narratives and memories in these objects and uses them in assemblages, where objects are stitched together, encased in wax, or cast in bronze. She has exhibited her work in galleries at Columbia University, University of Massachusetts, and at Moravian College. She has also curated shows at Fairleigh Dickinson University Art Library, Lehman College Art Gallery, Cleveland Children's Museum, and the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery at Moravian College.
Dr. Baxter has presented her research at conferences for the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA); Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA); and National Art Education Association (NAEA). She serves on the women's caucus of NAEA and the executive board of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. She is co-chair of the PAEA Annual Conference, to be held in the Bethlehem area. She is also a member of InLiquid, College Art Association, and Lehigh Valley Arts Council.
Dr. Baxter has led study-abroad trips for her students to England and China.
She received her Ed.D. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art; B.A. in Liberal Arts from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
She is a practicing Buddhist who enjoys yoga, reading novels, watching foreign films, and playing with her two spectacular children. Her dream is to one day write and direct her own film.
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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 winter jacket 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 that is shown in the image. The most 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 entails the collection of these seemingly ordinary things from daily life. I see a network of memories and narratives in a collection of journal entries, or old Happy Meal toys, or used dryer sheets, or shopping lists. I enjoy the “realness” of these types of objects and how their visceral, tactile presence can prompt stories. I use objects from daily life in my assemblages, where they are sometimes stitched together, cast in bronze, or encased in wax. Through my assemblages, I invite viewers to make associations to their own similar collections and stories connected to them. In that way, we are re-collecting our memories of objects we use or see in daily life and creating new meaning of lived experience.