Carter Community Artists

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Carter Community Artists have a passion for the arts, a love for our community, and a keen ability to unite the two.

Carter Community Artists, an annual initiative dedicated to supporting and working with local artists, enhances Museum events, connects the North Texas area with practicing artists, and builds a network among local artists. Every year, we select four local artists that plan and lead programs at the Museum and in the community. The yearlong commitment allows collaboration between artists and education staff on a wide array of projects and events designed for family, adult, and student audiences; related events take place both at the Museum and offsite in the community. Artists can expect to work between 20 and 40 hours over the year with the Education department at the Carter. The artists’ work planning, facilitating, and teaching will be supported by $100/hour honorarium, with the number of hours varying per project.

Application Deadline: Applications for the January through December 2023 artist group are due by Friday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. CT. If you have specific questions, please email us.

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Selected Carter Community Artists must be able to successfully pass a background check as this position frequently works with students in classroom and community center settings. Please note that employees of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art are ineligible for this opportunity.

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Meet our 2022 Carter Community Artists

Dan Jian

Dan Jian is a visual artist who works across painting, drawing, and animation. Originally from the mountain region of Hubei, China, Jian came to the United States at 19 and started her education as a math major in a community college. She earned her BFA from Temple University in 2012 and an MFA from the Ohio State University in 2016. Jian currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, as an assistant professor of Art at Texas Christian University while maintaining an ongoing studio practice. Jian's solo and group shows have been exhibited nationally across the U.S. and internationally in China, Italy, and Korea. Her awards and endorsements include a recent RCAF project grant from Texas Christian University, Certificate of Merit from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Arts and Humanities Research Grant at Ohio State University. She was a resident of Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Artist Dan Jian sits on a folding chair in her studio surrounded by artwork and art supplies.

Calder Kamin

Artist, educator, and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully crafted creatures and opportunities to change cultural perceptions of waste. She’s engaged thousands of museum visitors through her public workshops and art projects at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Women & Their Work, The DoSeum, i.d.e.a Museum, Utah MOCA, and the Contemporary Austin. Kamin starred in an episode of the PBS series Arts In Context and two Disney Channel commercials sharing inspirational messages about creative reuse, and serves on the board of Austin Creative Reuse. She lives with her pup, Pixel, in Fort Worth, Texas, in her current post as Artist in Residence for American Landmark Apartments. Kamin holds a double BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Artist Calder Kamin sits on a stool in her studio surrounded by shelves containing artwork and art supplies.

Dr. Mary Nangah

Dr. Mary Nangah, originally from Cameroon, is an instructor at Texas Christian University, School of Art, Art Education department. She earned an MFA in 2009 from Parsons, the New School for Design in New York and completed her PhD in Art Education in 2015 at the University of North Texas, Denton. Her teaching focuses on Post-Colonial Studies and Critical Multiculturalism to foster art education that is critically cognizant, inclusive, and equitable. At TCU, Dr. Nangah is a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) faculty advocate for the College of Fine Arts, working to support students, faculty and staff in facilitating DEI initiatives. Dr. Nangah’s paintings focus on concepts of authenticity, mimicry, ambivalence, and otherness of African aesthetics. Her work has shown in local exhibitions at the Madeley Gallery in Conroe, Texas, in the TCU School of Art Faculty exhibition at the Moudy Art Gallery, at the Moncrief Cancer Institute, and in the Refresh Exhibition and the Mansfield Public Library. When she’s not teaching or making art, Dr. Nangah enjoys cooking delicious West African meals.

Artist Mary Nangah stands in her studio with artwork hanging on the walls and a table covered in art supplies.

Rachel Nash

Rachel Nash is a native of Oklahoma City and came to Dallas to study studio art, art history, and psychology at Southern Methodist University. After graduating from SMU, Nash moved to Chicago to pursue a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nash returned to Dallas in 2010 and became a licensed professional counselor and art therapist. Nash has worked at The Art Station, a non-profit art therapy clinic in Fort Worth and has experience working in both group and individual settings with children and adults. Nash resides in Dallas and is currently focused on her own art making. She is interested in the process of making art, incorporating writing as a way to push her own art, and the stories that come from this process. She primarily uses oil paint but is always exploring new materials. When she is not in her studio she likely somewhere outside spending time with her three little boys and husband.

Artist Rachel Nash stands in her art studio surrounded by paintings and canvases.