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Baker’s paintings, sculpture, drawings and installations have been shown around the globe. She has an MFA in painting from UW-Madison, and a BA in studio art from DePauw University. Baker also studied at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria and the Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest Hungary. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an NEA grant, an Arts Midwest Fellowship, a Fulbright Travel grant, a Noyce Fellowship, a Badger Bioneer Award and Sustainability Visionary of the Year Award, and numerous local Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission grants.
As both an artist and museum educator, she is interested in offering playful visions of sustainable practices. Baker splits her time between making art, ecological restoration at her family’s farm and overseeing the exhibit and sustainability programs at Madison Children’s Museum, where she has worked for the past 27 years. When she isn’t making things or writing, she can be found chasing her two boys and husband on bikes or cross country skis, or tending to her family’s flock of assorted small farm animals in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.