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Christina Bechstein, Associate Professor

Christina Bechstein

Christina Bechstein is an artist who has taught in art, design, and architecture programs across the United States. Her art practice is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, encompassing and overlapping such fields as large scale community-based public art, sculpture, textiles, film and performance. In both her art practice and teaching, she works to foster creative site and community speciļ¬c dialogue that blurs the boundaries of what we consider art, who authors it and specific disciplines.

In her landscape based projects, including “Pattern,” and “Sodadi,” she investigates the role of art in place-making and community-building. On each of these projects she convened diverse neighbors of all ages and backgrounds around a creative project, food, sharing and imagining to co-create with her the places we call home. Another recent, web-based project, "What if We,"considers how we can make room for utopian, creative, imaginative thinking to co-create a new world.

Bechstein's record of international exhibitions and lectures include Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Terrain in Munich, Germany; Bates Art Museum in Lewiston, ME; Harvard University in Cambridge MA and many more. In addition to her degree work, she studied Sculpture at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; she has also studied at programs in France, Italy, and Germany. She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from, among others, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Graham Foundation and Weimar Jena Akademie.

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MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design