Kristin Quinn


  • 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 holographs were 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).

    I begin my paintings 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 of paint, 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 and streetlights flicker on, the smell of diesel fuel drifts in while rain clouds build. It's the density of experience that continues to raise questions and excite me as a painter.
  • Education

    INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington, IN., M.F.A. - Painting, 1988

    TYLER SCHOOL OF ART, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA., B.F.A, Painting,   1984


    Professional Experience

    AMBROSE UNIVERSITY, Davenport, Iowa, Professor, 1989-present

    UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, El Paso, Texas, Visiting Professor, 1988-1989         

  • Selected Exhibitions
    2017
    Bereskin Fine Art, Davenport, IA Artists Vault, Eldridge, IA
    2016
    Faculty Exhibition, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
    2015
    Westshore Community College, Ludington, Michigan Alma College, Alma, Michigan 2014
    College Faculty Invitational, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
    2013
    Tales of Root Boy and Blossom Dearie: Recent work by Megan and Kristin Quinn, Blackhawk College, Moline, IL
    Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA
    2012
    Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA
    2011
    Maharishi School of Management, Solo Exhibition, Fairfield, IA
    Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA
    Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    2010
    Iowa Artists, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
    Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA
    Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    2009
    Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    Pen to Paper, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
    2008
    Between Sea and Sky, Catich Gallery, St Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
    2007
    Sky Determines, University of Arkansas, Solo Exhibition, Fayetteville, AR
    2006
    Observation/Fabrication in Contemporary Landscape, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville, IL
    Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    2005
    41(90), Figge Art Museum, Catalogue by John Yau
    Faculty Show, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
    2004
    Quad City Arts Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
    2003
    Campbell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA Rock Island Fine Art Guild, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL Quad City Arts
    2002
    Quad City Arts, OFF THE WALLS, Rock Island, IL
    Cambell Steele Gallery, Marion, IA
    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Summer Triennial, Eaton-Buchan Gallery
    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Drunken Sailor
Drunken Sailor $700.00
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Blow the Wind Westerly
Blow the Wind Westerly $700.00
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Mer de Glace
Mer de Glace $700.00
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Button up your Overcoat
Button up your Overcoat $2,500.00
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Night Caravan
Night Caravan $2,500.00
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon
East of the Sun, West of the Moon $2,500.00
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Honey on the Moon original oil painting
Honey on the Moon $2,500.00
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Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder $850.00
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Queensbury Knot
Queensbury Knot $850.00
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Sailor and His Sweetheart
Sailor and His Sweetheart $850.00
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Witches Broom
Witches Broom $850.00
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