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 i.d.e.a. Museum, and the Galveston Arts Center. 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 Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art, and Artist-in-Residence at the DoSeum, San Antonio’s Children’s Museum, which earned Kamin's second Mid-America Artistic Innovations Grant for the culminating exhibition. Kamin recently partnered with Disney to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Little Mermaid to inspire their audiences to transform trash into art. She sculpted a portrait of Ariel and appeared in two promotional commercials on the Disney Channel. Kamin is a board member of Austin Creative Reuse, a non-profit that diverts community waste to artists, crafters, and educators as resources.
Kamin's recent and upcoming exhibitions include Ivester Contemporary, Presa House Gallery, The Contemporary Austin, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Anya Tish Gallery, The Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts, and The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. She is the summer Artist in Residence at Breckenridge Creative Arts and an Amon Carter Museum of American Art 2022 Community Artist. She 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.