Artist, educator and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully crafted creatures and opportunities to inspire others to be creative and courageous about the future. Nature’s endless ability to reuse and adapt motivates her to eliminate waste and reimagine it as art.
Kamin's creative reuse art projects and public workshops have traveled to museums across the states including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art American, The American Museum of Natural History, The Contemporary Austin, The i.d.e.a. Museum, and The Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Plastic Planet, her 2016 solo exhibition at Women & Their Work, was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grant and the subject of an episode for the PBS series Arts In Context. She was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist, the first AIR at the Beach Museum of Art, and Artist-in-Residence at Breck Create, Landmark Apartments, and the DoSeum, San Antonio’s Children’s Museum, which earned Kamin's second Mid-America Artistic Innovations Grant for the culminating exhibition. Kamin is a board member of Austin Creative Reuse, a non-profit that diverts community waste to artists, crafters, and educators as resources.
Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include Ivester Contemporary, Presa House Gallery, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Webster University, The Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts, and The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. She is a 2023 Resident Artist at SiNaCa Glass Studios and the Currier Museum of Art. Kamin holds a double Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Turning Trash into Treasure with The Disney Channel
To celebrate Earth Day and the 30th Anniversary of the Little Mermaid, I teamed up with the Disney Channel and Sydney to the Max stars, Ruth and Jackson, to inspire viewers to reuse plastic waste before it enters the ocean.
Glasstire. (October 2022) More Than Rubbish: A conversation with Calder Kamin
Texas Country Reporter (April 2022)Texas Monthly Calder Kamin’s Art Is Trashy, and That’s the Point
Art Houston Magazine Issue 14 (Spring 2022) Nothing Goes to Waste
Amon Carter Museum of American Art (November 2021) Amon Carter Museum of American Art Announces 2022 Artists
Glasstire. (September 2021)Top Five September 23rd
Barbara Purcell.(July 2021). Austin Chronicle Calder Kamin Envisions A World Without Waste "Plasticdermy"
Landry Allred.(December 2020). Austin Monthly This Austin Artist Transforms Trash into Detailed Animal Sculptures
In the Know (May 2020). MSN/Yahoo/AOL News Innovative artist uses trash to create beautiful sculptures
Taylor Ellis. (September 2019). CBS Austin Austin After Hours
Robert Faires. (May, 2019). Austin Chronicle Enjoying and Making Art at the 2019 West Austin Studio Tour
Riverstreet Studios. (April, 2019).Disney Channel 30th Anniversary of the Little Mermaid Trash to Treasure
Yvonne Dutchover. (Oct, 2018). Shondaland Calder Kamin Shows Us Why Waste Is Poor Design
SA LIVE(July, 2018). KSAT ABC New 'Dream Tomorrow Today' exhibit at The DoSeum
Nicholas Frank. (June, 2018). Rivard Report DoSeum’s Dream Tomorrow Today Encourages Creative Problem-Solving