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Kristin Quinn
Professor, Department of Art, Chair

medium: painting

Kristin Quinn holds a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. Recent solo and group exhibitions include “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.

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:
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, Universtiy 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

recent exhibitions and invitational shows:
Summer Triennial, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

Morrissey Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Gere/Dismer Architectural Firm, Rock Island, IL

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

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

Mitsubishi Bank
Monmouth College
Augustana College
Horton Fine Arts

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Kristin Quinn
Whistle Down the Wind, 2008-09
oil on canvas

 A Thousand Beautiful Things
Kristin Quinn
A Thousand Beautiful Things, 2008-09
oil on canvas

 Kristin Quinn
Sanderling's Signal, 2008
oil on canvas

 Kristin Quinn
Mail Myself to You, 2008
oil on canvas

 Kristin Quinn
Flyaway, 2008
oil on canvas

 Kristin Quinn
Calliope's Suite, 2007
oil on canvas

Kristin Quinn
Vertical Migration, 2007
oil on canvas

Kristin Quinn
Sky Determines, 2004-05
oil on canvas
72" x 60

Kristin Quinn
Exploring the Upper Air, 2004-05
oil on canvas
72" x 60"

Kristin Quinn
Attractors for a Coupled Pendulum, 2005-05
oil on canvas
72" x 60"

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