Kristin Quinn

Kristin Quinn photo

Department Chair


Main Campus
Davis Hall, 31
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803



MFA, Indiana University

BFA, Tyler School of Art

Courses Taught

Introduction to Drawing
Three Dimensional Design
Figure Drawing
Beginning through Advanced Painting

Recent solo and group exhibitions

Two Person Exhibition, Northeast Community College, Ludinginton, MI

Two Person Exhibition, Alma College, Alma MI

"Tales of Root Boy and Blossom Dearie", Recent work by Megan and Kristin Quinn, Moline, IL

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.

Selected exhibitions

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

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

Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA


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

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

Davenport Museum of Art, Special Commendation Award


Mitsubishi Bank
Monmouth College
Augustana College
Horton Fine Arts