Artist, educator and activist, Calder Kamin is motivated to inspire her audience make better choices for the environment. Kamin’s art sparks an opportunity to participate in the greater good by transforming materials and her audiences through her Neocortex Classroom and Plastic Planet series. She has a background working in galleries, professional development and art administration. Kamin is interested in building experiential works of art for museum audiences and sharing professional practice advice with other artists. She is a Business Information Specialist for artists and Administrator / Facilitator for the Artist INC Austin Live seminar through the City of Austin’s Small Business Program.
Calder Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Kamin was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 102 national artists to be selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Kamin was a mentor for the Teen Artist + Mentor Program at the Contemporary Austin in 2015 and is currently participating in the museum’s 2017 Crit Group. She has returned home to Austin, Texas. Her solo exhibition Plastic Planet at Women & Their Work was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance 2017 Artistic Innovations Grant. Her next project is to animate her Plastic Planet series for a PSA funded by The Awesome Foundation. She is featured in the series Arts In Context set to air on KLRU in the fall of 2017. This year, Kamin is taking Plastic Planet and The Neocortex Classroom to cities considering a plastic bag ban, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Galveston Arts Center.