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kristin

Dept. Chair and Professor

518 W. Locust St.
Davis 31
Davenport, Iowa

563-333-6428

QuinnKristin@sau.edu

Education

MFA, Indiana University

BFA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

medium: painting

 

Recent solo and group exhibitions

"Sky Determines," a solo exhibition at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; "Iowa Artists" at the Des Moines Art Center, "Observation/Fabrication in Contemporary Landscape" at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; and "41˚/90˚: Contemporary Landscape at the Figge Art Museum," catalogue by John Yau, Davenport.

She has selected collections at Mitsubishi Bank, Houston TX, Tierney Fine Arts, Bozeman, Mont., Mitsubishi Bank, Houston TX, Augustana College and Monmouth College. Quinn has taught at St. Ambrose since 1989.

View thumbnails of Quinn's work

About my work

I grew up in a house of optical phenomena. My father was a physicist with a specialty in optics (although neighbors claimed he worked at the Optical Department at Sears). Lasers, lenses, prisms, and holographswere plentiful; as were lessons on the natural world. In our house, a solar eclipse became a graduate level seminar. On long car trips, we passed the time with questions to stump Dad: Why was the sky orange, what caused hail, and how were tunnels built under the bay? (Incidentally, we refer to these questions now as "Tunnel Talk "questions.)

Paintings for me start with questions like those of "Tunnel Talk" times. What is the color of amber, iron-ore, pollen? How can wind and water be suggested? The paintings gradually grow in layers. In the strata ofpaint the shape of a microscopic protein hovers beneath a planet's elliptical orbit and decorative ironwork cancels out dense foliage. It is these strange alliances between the common and uncommon, natural and synthetic that I find compelling to paint. The compressions, connections, and contradictions of the layers shape the personality of the painting.

This knotted, painted combination forces a continual shift of attention among the many levels. I compare this to a single moment in landscape and the competing levels of activity. When I stand on Devonian limestone on the levee of the Mississippi, the barges and riverboats pass, herons fly, behind, a train noisily rumbles by and streetlights flicker on, the smell of diesel fuel wafts by while rain clouds build. It's the density of this kind of experience that continues to raise questions and excite me as a painter.

Professional experience

Professor, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, 1989 - present
Visiting Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, TX, 1988 - 1989

Selected exhibitions

2011
Maharishi School of Management, Solo Exhibition, Fairfield, IA
Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA

2010
Iowa Artists, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA

Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

2009
Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Pen to Paper, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

2008
Between Sea and Sky, Catich Gallery, St Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

2007
Sky Determines, University of Arkansas, Solo Exhibition, Fayetteville, AR

2006
Observation/Fabrication in Contemporary Landscape, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville, IL

Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

2005
41° 90°, Figge Art Museum, Catalogue by John Yau

Faculty Show, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Awards/fellowships

1998, 1995, 1992
Rock Island Art Guild, Rock Island, IL, Second Place Award

1992
Sioux City Arts Center, 51st Juried Exhibition., Sioux City, IA, Jurors Commendation

1991
Davenport Museum of Art, Special Commendation Award

Recent exhibitions and invitational shows

2002
Summer Triennial, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

2001
Morrissey Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

2000
Gere/Dismer Architectural Firm, Rock Island, IL

2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1987
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

1998
Iowa Artists Exhibition, Anniversary Celebration, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Collections

Mitsubishi Bank
Monmouth College
Augustana College
Horton Fine Arts