As an artist and educator, Christine Baeumler explores the potential of art as a catalyst to increase awareness about environmental issues and to facilitate stewardship. Baeumler’s community-based environmental art practice is collaborative and involves the ecological and aesthetic interventions with attention to increasing biodiversity, improving water quality, providing habitat and engaging with youth and community on issues of sustainability and climate change. She is a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. She has also been the artist in residence for Capitol Region Watershed District since 2010. Reconstituting the Landscape: A Tamarack Rooftop Restoration, 2012-ongoing is a collaboration with Barr engineer Kurt Leuthold and Barr ecologist Fred Rozumalski, at the entranceway to MCAD.
Other recent collaborative projects include Backyard Phenology Project, Bee Real, Bee Everywhere, the Art and Science of Nesting Bees, and the Pollinator Garden and Buzz Lab at the Plains Art Museum in North Dakota. She is the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, several Minnesota State Arts Board grants and is the recipient of the Scholar of the College and the Engaged Scholar Award in College of Liberal Arts, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Learn more about the Backyard Phrenology Project.