Carrie Ann Baade (b. 1974, Louisiana) is an American painter whose work deeply engages with art history. By quoting, interacting with, and reclaiming masterpieces in a surreal, biographical narrative, Baade creates a unique dialogue with the past.

Raised on the front range of Colorado, Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and earned her MFA from the University of Delaware. She currently 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 and participated in over 250 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibits include shows at the Pensacola Art Museum (2022), Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (2012), Delaware Contemporary (2007), La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles (2018), and Ningbo Art Museum in China (2007). Her work has also been featured in notable group exhibitions at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Harwood Museum in Taos, the Instituto de America de Santa Fe in Granada, Spain, and the Centrum Promocji Kultury Warszawa Praga Południe in Poland.

Baade's accolades include a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award and a Delaware Division of the Arts Award for Established Artist in Painting.


Born in Louisiana, 1974
Lives and works in Havana, Florida


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

Professional Experience

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)


  • 2024 Mirror Worlds, Museum of Art -Deland, FL
  • Never Odd or Even, Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna, FL
  • 2023 The Surreal Imaginings, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2022 Sawing a Woman in Half, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles
  • Enchanted, Noor Ibrahim Museum of Ceramic & Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Into the Mirror, Pensacola Museum of Art, FL
  • 2021 Twilight Sleep, Venvi Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2020 A Light in the Shadows, Florida School of Art, Palatka, FL
  • El Ojo Interiore, Quart Jove, Valencia, Spain
  • 2019 Angels and Carnivorous Flowers, Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art, Mesa, AZ
  • Wondering and Wanderings, Carrollton Arts Center, Carrollton, GA
  • Keepers at the Entry, Albany State University, Albany, GA
  • 2018 The Apocalyptic Orgasm, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
  • A Foreshadowing of Events, Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL
  • Gospel of Sophia, Jung Center, Houston, TX
  • 2016 Piece and Pieces, Averitt Center for the Arts, [Solo Exhibit], Statesboro, GA
  • 2015 Burza w Szklance Wody, Galeria "Stara" Biura Wystaw Artystycznych, Lublin, Poland
  • 2013 Featured Artist: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA
  • Altered, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2012 Since Midnight, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Solar Midnight, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
  • 2010 Tales of Passion and Woe, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2009 Intemperance, Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, CA
  • 2007 Virtues and Vices, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
  • Virtues and Vices, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China
  • 2006 Involuntary Thoughts, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Involuntary Thoughts, Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE
  • Trans-conscious Visions, Pankratz Gallery, Monument, CO
  • 2005 Wanted Night Gardener, Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE
  • The Secret Lives of Portraits, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Group (Selected Exhibitions)


Comparaisons: "Visionary Realists," Grand Palais, Paris, France: Art Capital.

Tarot in the Castle, Naia Museum of Art, Rochefort-en-Terre, France: Dreams & Divinities.

Magical Dreams VII, Galeria Sopra, Wrocław, Poland: Bator Art Gallery.

San Francisco Art Fair: 12th Edition, San Francisco, CA: John Natsoulas Gallery.

Four the Figure, Davis, CA: John Natsoulas Art Center.

Magical Dreams VII, Rzeszowski Dom Sztuki, Rzeszów, Poland: Bator Art Gallery.

The Tree and the Tarot, Le Galerie 18bis, Paris, France: Dreams & Divinities.

LA ART SHOW [Art Fair], Los Angeles, CA: John Natsoulas Gallery.


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


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



Representational Fantastic, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA

Artfields, Lake City, SC


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


Sugar Coated Strange, Pop Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Self-Portrait, Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA
Educators As Artists, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA


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


AltRealities. SRP Gallery, Mesa Contemporary, Mesa, AZ
Visionary Alchemy. One Space, New York, NY
Angels, Totems, and Revelations. Krab Jab, Seattle, WA


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


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.


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.


¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool, Mandelman-Ribak Gallery, Lowbrow Insurgence, Harwood Museum, Taos, NM
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)
Dreams and Divinities, LaPorte Soleil, Paris, France
Dreams and Divinities, Inglesia San Marcos, Toledo, Spain
Dreams and Divinities, 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

Exhibitions Curated

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

Invited Lectures

  • Laguna Art College, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
  • The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • New York Academy of Art, New York City, NY
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
  • Western Carolina State Museum of Art, Cullowhee, NC
  • Mindy Solomon Gallery, FL
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
  • University of Northern Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • Florence Campus, Florida State University, Italy
  • California State Fullerton, Orange County, CA
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Harwood Museum, Taos, NM
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • The Green School, Ubud, Bali
  • The Observatory, Brooklyn, New York
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Colorado State University at Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colorado University at Boulder, CO
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Ningbo School of Art, Ningbo, China
  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
  • Philadelphia Institute of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • School of Visual Art, New York, NY
  • University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL

Permanent Collections

University of Delaware

Radcliff University

Biggs Museum of American Art

Billy Shire


Artist Statement

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.

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