Two Pileated Woodpeckers
2012, Photo lithograph, oil and enamel on aluminum plate
30 in. x 40 in.
Market Value: $600 • Minimum Bid: $300
Proceeds: Museum 100%
One of the region’s outstanding artists, Christine Baeumler connects her artistic practice with social issues. She is also one of a dozen artists associated with the Museum’s Defiant Gardens project. Baeumler has been working with local Fargo communities and learning about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem. She has worked at Madison Elementary in Fargo, with a local 4H club. Later this year she will install her Pollinator Garden at the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.
Two Pileated Woodpeckers is innovative in its technique of photopolymer litho plates with oil paint, and also in its intentional appropriation of traditional ornithology drawings. Baeumler’s practice includes environmental and community based art, along with painting, drawing, and printmaking. She seeks to raise awareness about ecological issues through studio practice as well as by engaging communities in environmental projects focused on ecological restoration. Two Pileated Woodpeckers is part of series entitled Birds of Swamps, Bogs and Wetlands. The photographs of bird specimens were taken at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History. These mixed-media pieces were exhibited in conjunction with the Rooftop Tamarack Bog installation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as a way to represent species that inhabit these ecosystems.
Baeumler grew up in Buffalo, New York. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from Yale University and an M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University. Baeumler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an award-winning artist and has received numerous grants, including the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, and the Nancy H. Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment and FORECAST Public Artworks. Most recently she has worked with community members and organizations to restore the Swede Hollow Park and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in Minneapolis.