Carrie Ann Baade (born 1974) is an American painter. Her work quotes from, interacts with, and deeply relates to art history. Baade paints in dialogue with relevant masterpieces in order to reclaim them in a surreal narrative that is simultaneously biographical.
Baade was raised on the front range in Colorado, received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and received her MFA from the University of Delaware. She works in Tallahassee, where she is a full Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Since 2005, Baade has had more than 30 solo exhibitions at museums and other venues nationally and internationally. Her exhibits include: the Pensacola Art Museum (2022), Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art (2018), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (2012), the Delaware Contemporary (2007), La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles (2018), and the Ningbo Art Museum in China (2007). Among her notable group shows, her works have been exhibited at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Harwood Museum in Taos, the Instituto de America de Santa Fe in Granada in Spain, and the Centrum Promocji Kultury Warszawa Praga Południe in Poland. Her awards include a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award and Delaware Division of the Arts Award for Established Artist in Painting.
2003 MFA, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1997 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1995-6 Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
2007–Present Professor of Art, College of Fine Arts, Florida State University
Honors, Awards, and Prizes
Nominated for the Joan Mitchell Fellowship (2022)
First Prize, Juror Elizabet Elliot, Pensacola Museum of Art (2021)
Purchase Award, Winners XX, Biggs Museum of American Art (2021)
Guest of Honor, Dreams and Divinities, International Festival of Arts, Chimeria, Sudan, France (2018)
Guest of Honor, International Festival of Arts and Sciences Visionaries, Chimeria Sudan, France (2018)
Guest of Honor, Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA (2013)
Nominated for the Painters and Sculptors Grant Program, Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012).
Nominated for the United States Artists Award (2006).
Delaware Division of the Arts Honorable Mention for Emerging Artist in Painting (2004).
Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship (2009–2010).
Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in Painting (2005–2006).
University of Delaware Calloway Magness Fellowship (2001–2003)
Group (Selected Exhibitions)
2023 In.Visible, Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC:
Lost Chapters, University Museum, Sacred Heart University, New Haven, CT
Spiritual Visions, The Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2022 Boundary Strider, Wollongong Art Gallery (museum), Wollongong, Australia
A New Renaissance, Le Moyne Center, Tallahassee, FL: COCA.
Magical Dreams VI, Hopfenmuseum, Wolnzach, Germany
Ancestral Transmission, Art Nunz Collective, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
Is This Too Much, Le Mieux Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Surreal Salon IV, (guest of honor juror) Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2021 Representational Fantastic, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
Artfields, Lake City, SC
2020 RBL GRL | Revolution Doesn’t Ask Permission, Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL
Magical Dreams V, Centrum Promocji Kultury Warszawa Praga Południe, Warsaw, Poland
B20: Wiregrass Biennial, Dothan, AL
Entintada Estampada, Casa De la Cultura, De Quart de Poblet, Valencia, Spain: UPV Universitat Politècnica de València.
Award Winners XX, Biggs Museum of American Art, DE
Emergence, Laxenburg Castle, Vienna, Austria
2019 Sugar Coated Strange, Pop Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Self-Portrait, Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA
Educators As Artists, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
2018 Apparitions, Kirkland Art Center, Seattle, WA
On Adornment, Pen + Brush, New York City, NY
Pittura Narrativo, Gallery of Western Colorado State University, Gunnison, CO
Magical Dreams IV, Centrum Promocji Kultury Warszawa Praga Południe, Warsaw, Poland
International Festival of Arts and Sciences Visionaries, Guests of Honor, Chimeria Sudan, France
2017 AltRealities. SRP Gallery, Mesa Contemporary, Mesa, AZ
Visionary Alchemy. One Space, New York, NY
Angels, Totems, and Revelations. Krab Jab, Seattle, WA
2016 5th Annual Beinart Collective, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Peace Across Europe, Flox Gallery, Dresden, Germany
Portraits of Friends. Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA
2015 Back and Forth: A Dialog in Paint. Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Garden of Fernal Delights, BASH, San Francisco, CA
Dreams & Divinities, Amon Ra Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico.
2014 Phantastische Venus, City Hall, Viechtach, Germany
Where you Stay At? Ten Gallery, New Orleans, LA: Prospect 3.
FEMME SHOW, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Hidden Kingdoms, Dream Factory, Frankfurt, Germany.
Dreams and Divinities, Santo Domingo Museum, San Cristóbal, Mexico.
International Festival of Arts and Sciences Visionaries, Chimeria, 2014, Sedan, France.
2013 ¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool, Mandelman-Ribak Gallery, Lowbrow Insurgence, Harwood Museum, Taos, NM: Harwood Museum.
Four Dreamers, Espace D’Art Mompezat, Paris, France
Messin’ with the Masters, Mesa Fine Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Beautiful Strange, Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY (catalog)
Dreams and Divinities, Instituto America de Santa Fe, Granada, Spain (book)
LaPorte Soleil, Paris, France
Inglesia San Marcos, Toledo, Spain
Churianna Cultural Center, Granada, Spain
2012 Fractal Nation [Art Festival], Tribe 13 Art Collective, Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV
Awakened, AFA Gallery, New York City, NY
SCOPE [Art Fair]. Basel, Switzerland: Mindy Solomon Gallery
Taboo, curated by Jon Beinart, Last Rites Gallery, NYC
Man, Myth, Or Monster, Le Mieux Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Visionaries; Past, Present, and Future, curated by France Garrido, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, Bayside, NY (catalog)
Detailed Information, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St.Petersberg, FL
From What I Remember /From What I Forget, Broadstreet Invitational at Principal Gallery, Alexandria, VA
GOTHIC, Curated by Amy V. Grimm, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (catalog)
2011 Verge Art Brooklyn (art fair), Brooklyn, New York
25th Anniversary, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA (book)
Dystopia, curated by Jon Beinart, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
INLE, curated by Greg Simkins, 1988 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Suggestivism, curated by Greg Escalante and Nathan Spoor, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Monica, CA (book)
Believe it or Not, curated by Catherine Bergmann, Dunedin Art Center, Dunedin, FL
2010 Draw, curated by Eric Foss. Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
The Idol Hours, London Miles Gallery, London, UK
Award Winners X, curated by Ryan Grover, Biggs Museum of American Art
In Canon, Curated by Margaret Winslow, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
Low Brow Tarot Show, curated by Aunia Kahn, La Luz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lead Poisoning, curated by Jason D’Aquino, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
Hunt and Gather, Think Space, Los Angeles, CA
Another Road Side Attraction, ISE Cultural Foundation, NYC
2009 Beyond Eden Art Fair at Barnsdale, Los Angeles, CA
In Your Dreams, curated by Edward Sullivan of NYU, Pen and Brush Society, New York, NY
Super School, curated by Lola, Copro Nason, Santa Monica, CA
Fata Morgana, curated by Pam Grossman, Debora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sugar Coated Strange, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Aqua Art Fair, Billy Shire, Miami, FL
Subversion, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
13th Hour, Last Rites, New York, NY
Art Encounter 2008, Juror: Brian Dursum, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Deep Pop: a survey of Pop Surrealism, curated by Andrew Michael Ford, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
2007 Bridge Art Fair: Chicago, London, and Miami, Billy Shire Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Talking Board Show,” Copro Nason Galley, Santa Monica, CA
Objective Reality, Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL
New Talent, Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, CA
ISM: Untitled Love Project Phases 2/3, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA
Draw, curated by Eric Foss, traveling exhibit: New York, Austin, London, and Tokyo
Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dark Hearts and Broken Vows, Strychnin Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Fresh Meat, Roq La Rue, Seattle, WA
Undertow, curated by Alix Sloan, Metalstone Gallery, New York, NY
Animals in Art, Curated by Susan Isaacs, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
Delaware Women's Conference Exhibition, Biggs Museum, Dover, DE
DDA Award Winners, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
2004 US Artists: American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA
New Talent Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Interactive Performance Art
2019 “Three Fates,” Goddess Lounge, Rail Road Square Art Park Events, Tallahassee, FL
2017 “Past, Present, Future,” Goddess Lounge, Rail Road Square Art Park Events, Tallahassee, FL
2015 “Dark Pope,” Art Nunz, Aquarium Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013 “Ritual in Black and White,” Art Nunz, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2011 “Tarot Passport,” Pyramid Players, Rail Road Square Art Park Events, Tallahassee, FL
2016 Cute and Creepy, Valdosta College, Valdosta, GA
2013 Cute and Creepy, Longview Art Museum, Longview, TX
2011 Cute and Creepy, Florida State Museum, Tallahassee, FL
30th Anniversary Exhibition, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
As the steward and axman, I return to haunting moments in art history to pick through the “boneyard” of painting with reverence. I am a scavenger salvaging lost aesthetics seeking to reclaim, not merely as a quotation. Composing with a woman’s voice, the oil painting is the basis for dialog with the art’s past through complex imagery that unburdens the restrictions of a feminist psyche. These are paintings made of paintings, fractured and altered to bare my psychological revelations and exhumed life lessons.
Mining imagery from Renaissance and Baroque paintings, these fragments provide a foundation to construct layered narratives that resemble fantastical parables. The compositions combine personal and classical symbology with luminescent color, communicating themes of mortality, sexuality, personal transformation, and the darker side of human nature. Rejecting the rational vision of life, this artwork values the magic of the subconscious and the strange beauty in the unexpected, the uncanny, the disregarded, and the unconventional.
Working in egg tempera and oil, the methods employed are based on old master processes. I typically depict the world realistically and then subvert and distort it so that I may construct a strong sense of narrative and meaning. Each composition becomes a dense meta-narrative, made cognizant by unraveling and reweaving religious and mythological iconography.
Carrie Ann Baade’s work has been described by Curator of Contemporary Art Margaret Winslow as “autobiographical parables combining fragments of Renaissance and Baroque religious paintings, resulting in surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures.” The context and the compositional building blocks of her work are fragments of historical masterpieces, which Baade reinterprets using her original feminist and autobiographical perspective.