October 30, 2008
TORRINGTON, WY –
The Eastern Wyoming College Art Department is currently featuring and displaying the work of Wyoming artist Diana Baumbach. Her work, titled Variations on a Form, will be on display through November 8 at the EWC Fine Arts Lobby in Torrington, Wyoming. There will be an artist’s talk on November 8 from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Baumbach grew up outside of Chicago with her muralist mother, businessman father, and sister Sarah. For many years, she studied ballet. She performed with Ballet Chicago as well as the Bolshoi Ballet at the Vail International Dance Festival. After deciding to focus her attention on the visual arts, she received her BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Most of Baumbach’s current creative research focuses on the intersection between art and design. She uses paper to create quasi-functional objects and pattern-based works. She also maintains an interest in curation and alternative exhibition spaces. She was the assistant curator for Blindspot Galleries, a mobile art gallery, in St. Louis, MO. While living in Southern Illinois, she directed a gallery within her home.
Baumbach has been teaching since 2003. She spent a year teaching at Brehm Preparatory School, a prep school for students with learning disabilities, and three years teaching at Southern Illinois University as a graduate student. Since coming to the University of Wyoming in 2007, she has taught 2D Foundations, Foundations Color, and Introduction to Digital Media. She was also selected as a Faculty Fellow to teach a course for the University of Wyoming’s Summer High School Institute.
Baumbach is committed to teaching within Foundations curriculum and will be presenting her research, “Web-Based Tools in the Development of Intellectual Communities,” at the 2009 FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) Biennial Conference in Portland, OR. This show is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the college at 307.532.8200.