As an artist and educator, Christine Baeumler explores art as a catalyst to increase awareness about ecological issues and to facilitate stewardship. Baeumler is currently the Artist in Residence at the Capitol Region Watershed District in Saint Paul, MN.
Baeumler ‘s art practice is collaborative and involves the transformation of urban sites by increasing biodiversity, providing habitat, and improving water quality. Examples of these projects include the Tamarack Rooftop Restoration, a green roof bog ecosystem at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which calls attention to fragile bog ecosystems. Pollinators at the Plains is the sustainable redesign of the Plains Art Museum’s outdoor campus and a youth internship program, Buzz Lab. For Northern Light.mn’s Climate Chaos, Climate Rising program, Baeumler is embarking on a year long citizen science project titled “Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate” which features a mobile phenology lab where people can contribute observations about changes in seasonal patterns.
Baeumler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota (Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice). She has received support from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board, Public Art Saint Paul, Forecast Public Art and Art Place America. She has a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana University.